At the end of November the Flemish part of the country went into mourning for famous rock musician Luc De Vos from legendary Gorki band, who besides his musical career was also a columnist and writer. Around 7 thousands people came to say their last goodbye during the funeral ceremony in the Sint-Pietersplein cathedral in Gent, in the city of origin of the artist. Luc de Vos influenced the whole generation in Belgium, he was not only the voice of the people who were grown-ups in the 80-ties, but also the singer who united the musical tastes of parents and their children. Gorki band was founded in 1989 and succeeded to give birth to 11 albums, but according to journalist Alex van der Hulst from Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, one hit called Mia “became the second national anthem in the country”. The part from this song “Stars come, stars go, only Elvis is always alive” (Sterren komen, sterren gaan, Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan) became a popular aphorism, which also gave name to a TV program of the cultural channel Canvas.
Queen Fabiola of the Belgians has passed away earlier this month at the age of 86, she was a daughter of wealthy Spanish aristocrats, who worked as a nurse in a military hospital in Madrid before getting married to king Baudouin on December 1, 1960. Fabiola was loved by many Belgians as she was not only a queen but a “children” ambassador in the country. She devoted her life to charitable projects mostly connected with welfare of children, establishing a special secretariat at the royal palace to deal with issues of handicapped children. After the death of the king Baudouin in 1993 she left the royal palace, but not the hearts of Belgians, remaining still popular during her widowhood.
Leo Tindemans was one of the most well-known Belgian politicians of the post-war era in Europe. He was 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-1978), minister of foreign affairs (1981-1989) and the member of the European Parliament (1979–1981). He is the man who will be remembered in the European history as “Mister Europe”, due to his commitment to the pro-European integration, being the president of Europeans People’s Party he won the first European Parliament elections in 1979 with almost 1 million of votes. One of the most popular statements of Christian Democrat politician Leo Tindemans was “Europe should be a reality not only for future generations, but also for the current one”, which emphasize one more time his strong support for the European cooperation and integrity. He also organized the EU group of reflection with 48 European politicians, which as a result created in 1975 a report about the future of the EU and the functioning of its institutions, called “Report on the European Union” . One of the most important points in his report was the proposal to establish an Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The former president of the European Council Herman van Rompuy acknowledged in his interview that Mr.Tindemans was his “political father”. Leo Tindemans also had a remarkable academical background, he graduated from the economical faculty of the Ghent University and later, being already the Member of Parliament, he becameLicentiate (Master degree) in political studies at the University of Leuven. Later he also worked in the role of university lecturer at the Leuven University, teaching economics and social law. Due to his confident style and hard work he was an extremely popular politician in Belgium. The Flemish newspaper de Standaard mentioned that he was the first politician from his era that was applying the modern communication strategies in politics. For example, he used during the election campaign catchy slogans: “With this man it will be different” (Met deze man wordt het anders). Leo Tindemans considered that “being a politician is not a profession but a vocation”, and he faithfully devoted himself to the political life of Belgium and Europe till 1999.
Queen Fabiola, politician Leo Tindemans and singer Luc de Vos affected in their own way the history of the country and the heart of Belgians. It is impossible to measure the impact of all of them and there is no need to do it. As we listen in the song Mia by Luc De Vos “niemand gaat verloren” (nobody gets lost).