Why shouldn’t Brussels be the EU capital?

With fewer than one million inhabitants, Brussels is not very large. It is unable to accommodate all of the institutions of the ever-expanding European Union. The Flemish towns near Brussels are also under pressure. European and other international officials find it easier to relate to the French-speaking community than to Dutch-speakers. But the increase in the number of French-speakers threatens to disturb the demographic and political balances within Brussels and within the Flemish towns around Brussels. The expansion of the European institutions in Brussels is no doubt good news for the construction lobby and financial institutions but ordinary Flemish men and women do not benefit in any way. We believe that the European presence in Brussels should therefore be slimmed down.