Eurobrats tend to the ambivalent about political goings-on in their adopted home. But they’re not alone.
The natives are hardly any more exercised, it seems, judging by the limp reaction so far to a rallying cry to march for a united Belgium this weekend.
As the national political structure crumbles separatists from the Flemish and Walloon halves of the country, both alike in dignity, have received something of a fillip to their respective causes, and from ancient grudge break to new mutiny.
In reaction, unionists have organised a demonstration in Brussels to show the separatists are not the dominant voice.
And no-one can fault them for embracing modern means of spreading their message – more than six thousand inhabitants have received an invitation via a Facebook group for the ‘Verzameling voor België – Rassemblement pour la Belgique’
The response, however, bodes ill for the future of Belgium as we know it.
Not a single invitee has confirmed attendance to date.
942 respondents ‘may be attending’ at least, but another 1300 definitely aren’t.
And almost four thousand haven’t replied at all.
If a mouse-button is such a hassle to deploy in the name of one’s country, little hope then to pursuade patriots to risk breaking into a sweat.
Inhabitants of what is soon to become the Free Democratic Principality of Brussels: get your passport applications in now.