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The press in Europe (5/5): Embedded in the Brussels bubble | Presseurop (English)

The Belgian capital is the heart of the EU power machine, where dozens of journalists try to cover the activities of all the institutions. But as an Australian newcomer founds out, they have too much information and too little time to make sense of what's going on. Excerpts.

Every day for the past couple of months I have been parking my computer in the press area of the European Commission - literally a few steps away from the large press conference room. I'm surrounded by a multinational (and multilingual) army of casual reporters, taking advantage of the free wifi and what appears to be subsidised coffee (€0.90 a cup - how is that possible?).

While the capital-C correspondents working for the big mastheads are around the corner at the International Press Centre or the Residential Palace, us freelancers are squeezing into the nooks and crannies of a crowded media landscape.

Being the only Australian around and having no obvious affinity with the other anglophones, I have been adopted by a group of Italians, who promptly informed me that my human rights were being violated every time I ate at the Commission's canteen (the European Council across the road is much better).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 03:33:54 PM EST
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