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Small earthquake in Brussels

By Manneken Pis   September 2002

Who says nothing happens in Brussels? Only the other day, your correspondent was lying in bed at 8.30am, eagerly anticipating that morning’s press conference on new commission regulations on car dealerships, when an earthquake struck. Not a metaphorical earthquake either-a real one. The house shook and an ornament or two fell off the bookshelves. My wife, lying next to me, confirmed that the earth had moved. The corny symbolism of this event is too good to overlook. The hitherto geologically stable capital of the EU has been hit by an earth tremor which came close to a four on the…

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