Culture can play a crucial role in diplomacy, according to the director general of the Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels. In an interview with New Europe, Paul Dujardin, who also serves as the centre’s artistic director, described culture as a “soft power”.

In fact, the findings of new European Union research suggest there is considerable potential of a more proactive role for culture in Europe’s international relations. Covering 54 countries – all 28 EU member states, the 16 count...

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