MEPs prey to crime in the European District of Brussels
European civil servants and politicians have the growing feeling that a robber is lurking behind every street corner of Brussels, wrote the German daily Die Welt.
The newspaper went on to say that the European capital is becoming the "el Dorado for criminals."
According to the German daily the Belgian police are standing by and watching Brussels sink away into crime.
The growing feeling of unease in Brussels is a consequence of the violent mugging of German MEP Angelika Niebler a couple of weeks ago. Apparently this was not an isolated case in the European District of Brussels.
Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, has asked the Brussels police to tackle the 'security problem' in the area. "We are still awaiting a reply," said the EP president's spokeswoman.
The Brussels police and Home Minister Annemie Turtelboom (Flemish liberal) are reluctant to comment but Ms Turtelboom's spokeswoman pointed out in the Flemish daily Het Nieuwsblad that "Crime in Brussels is not worse than in other big cities."
The minister has also said that she will discuss problems of security in Brussels with the mayor of the city Freddy Thielemans.