Jean-Pierre Stroobants, Le Monde (in French) | March 3, 2009
Behind its image of Eurocapital, seducing people from all over the globe, Brussels is in many ways comparable to a city of a developing country. ++ Dirty, bad economic conditions; 35% of the people aged under 25 are unemployed and this number rises significantly for foreigners. ++ According to Eurostat only three regions rank worse on the European continent ++ But who can help Brussels? ++ The regional power is weak whilst the federal one is not interested in the capital, except of course, for using it as a label abroad.