Stoemp: 'Brussels DC - The in-between city' Lectury by Derek Blyth
05/03/2015 12:15 - 14:00
Pleinlaan 9, 1st floor, 1050 Brussels
How Brussels got to be capital of Europe even though it sometimes seems the worst possible place
Brussels DC: The in-between city
Lecture by Derek Blyth
Why am I here? Many Europeans ask this question as they stand in line in an unfriendly town hall wondering if this can really be the capital of Europe. Brussels is not the most progressive city in the EU. Or the most beautiful. So how did it get to be the capital of Europe? Is it simply that it is seen as a dull, safe compromise in between Berlin and Paris? Are Europeans in Brussels forced to accept that, as Winston Churchill might have said, Brussels is the worst city to be capital of Europe, except for all the others?
With 25 percent of the population of Brussels now made up of EU citizens, is it not time for Europeans in Brussels to have a greater say in the way the city is run, so that the city can truly represent the aspirations of the world’s greatest political union?
Do we need a manifesto for Brussels?
Derek Blyth (The Brussels Paper) talks about all this at the Stoemp lunch lecture series on March 5 at SMIT.
Derek Blyth was editor-in-chief of The Bulletin and he is the author of Brussels for Pleasure: Thirteen Walks Through the Historic City (2003) and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels (2012).
Participation is free of charge.
October 2nd, 2014