Brussels: Not just a bunch of boring buildings

With my own personal Chocolatefest in Brussels out of the way, I set my sights on more substantive fare — the rest of the city.

Including a trek to the European Parliament in Brussels, tasked with looking after the affairs of all the countries in the European Union. I wanted a glimpse of power, intrigue, diplomacy, snazzy European trench coats. Something out of a Liam Neeson movie.

OK, At the very least, Europe’s version of the United Nations. Still important and impressive.

planetarium

Sure looked that way on the outside. The complex is pretty imposing.

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I was taken with the emphasis on human rights and striking tribute to late Russian activist Andrei Sakharov.

parliament

But the tour of the premises turned out to be a big yawn.  Granted, there was nothing going on at the time. But even if those seats had been filled, I might have felt the same way.

That was around Easter. Now, it’s a completely different story.

What’s going on isn’t standard European Parliament stuff this time. Now, European leaders have been meeting in Brussels in what’s being called a “last chance” attempt to defuse the explosive financial crisis in Greece, an EU member.

They’ve got a big dilemma on their hands, one that’s getting too big for the rest of us to ignore.

About as dramatic as you can get.

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