... to make EU institutional flunkies seem like Mr. & Ms. Excitement?
In the six months that Emanuele Gatti lived in Brussels he built up a respectable collection of business cards from 'Europeans'. At first he thought they wanted to make friends, but then, to his surprise, he would never hear from them again. Obviously the solution to the this problem is more Europe, not less.
The 31-year-old Italian sociologist, who works for a consultancy firm near Trieste, says he was disappointed by the shallow social lives led by the people who work in the European institutions in Brussels, or in the lobby or lawyer's firms that have sprung up in their shadow.Of course ‘consultant’ has orgasmo-swing in the living room written all over it too, dintcha know.
"These Europeans," Gatti says on the phone from Italy, "are very competitive. They focus on what you do more than on who you are."Which is largely why you hear rather vocal Australians wondering out loud if any of them are really male.
It’s that hard-bitten life of alienation in social Europe...
Hot town, summer in the city...
The Fuse is Lit! (No Pasaran)