Fainting in Coyles An occasional letter from the
Heart of Euroville
Thursday, March 25, 2004
First thoughts on the European Summit happening today and tommorrow
I wandered into a very nice pub called The Hack this afternoon (to get a coffee honest). It is the closest pub to the European Council building and the Commission. The very friendly Dutch woman who runs it told me a little story that took place today.
The police ae setting up the normal security barrier - great quantities of barbed wire block off the centre of Euroville and mid way throughthe afternoon as the diplomats, politicos and yes, hacks gather two of Brussels's finest wader into the pub.
"Two beers please - large ones"
Licensee, eyeing their handguns warily,
"Oh, finished your shift?"
"No no! We have just started it"
They proceeded to drink another two pints.
Security really is being taken seriously by the EU, no believe me they really do take it ... Oh alright it is a load of rubbish and they just don't get it.