The EU: It's Kafkaesque!
The always-useful newsweekly The Week reports in its May 28 issue that the Belgian government has launched a Web site, Kafka.be, as a place where its "citizens can log on to report trouble with contradictory, vague, or bewilderingly detailed E.U. regulations. In just four months, Belgium's site lodged 4,000 complaints, most of them from companies trying to do business in the E.U."
The Belgians are contemplating launching an E.U.-wide version of the site at Kafka.eu, but it isn't up yet. Kafka.be is in three languages, none of them, alas for dumb-tourist Americans, English.