Even Before Terror Struck, Brussels Was Under Attack
Austerity Cuts Launched My City's Descent Into a Constant State of Emergency
I am not a citizen of Belgium; I carry a French passport. But I am a citizen of Brussels, the most international of European cities.
This is first a matter of migration: Several waves of immigration during the 19th and 20th century—first from France, Italy, and Portugal, and then from Morocco, the Congo Republic, and Algeria—have shaped the population. It is secondly a matter of structure, since Brussels and the Capital Region stand apart by design from the other parts of Belgium, which is a federal constitutional monarchy. (Yes, Belgium …