February 9, 2010
Regarding ‘EU pioneers asked to tell their stories‘:
Frankly, are they nuts?
It took me more than a decade to recover from the shock I experienced upon my arrival in Brussels.
A filthy, badly organised and corrupt place. I can fill entire evening conversations with stories of incompetent administration departments, shady police actions targeting ‘rich’ EU foreigners, a public transport system that would do a third-world country an honour and non-stop attempts at rip-offs by the locals (including most of the public services).
Just this morning I wrote to the (misnamed) cleanliness department and informed them that their garbage collectors have now ignored for two weeks a pile of rubbish which they find too large to handle (as if it would shrink with time).
Brussels does not deserve to be the European capital and should very, very silently work on deserving it one day.
Ronald GrünebaumAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor