Street – Straat

Froissart straat / Schuman plein

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In the absence of a proper street name sign, somebody put up this substitute! This is where Rue Froissart leaves the Schuman roundabout, in the heart of the EU district in Brussels – both the European Commission and the Council of the European Union (Council of Ministers) have their offices here. So the replacement of the standard Dutch ‘straat’ for the English ‘street’ is a nice touch, I think!

An extrapolation of Pascal Smets plea to make English the third official language in Brussels.

‘In verband met de meertaligheid van de stad lijkt het me wel nuttig om van het Engels, naast het Nederlands en het Frans, de derde officiéle taal in Brussel te maken.’

thanks Femke