Monday, August 25, 2008

Gravity to the rescue

The European Parliament for years has migrated between two venues, Brussels and Strasbourg. The more than 700 Members meet most of the time in Brussels, but 12 times per year they, their staff, and their papers must all move to Strasbourg, France. That city, on the Franco-German border, symbolizes reconciliation - and the importance of France.

For years, all efforts to end this 'travelling circus' have met with failure, despite its estimated annual price tag of 200 million euros ($300 million), not to mention its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Now nature has come to the rescue. A portion of the roof of the Strasbourg building collapsed (no one was injured), so for the time being the Parliament will meet only in Brussels. See details here, thanks to

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