A Day at Reuters TV in Brussels
By: Scott Kanowsky
Last week was insanity for Reuters TV in Brussels. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all saw stories breaking while we tried to assemble together every able bodied man, woman, and child for Summit coverage. Journalists went missing in Libya--reaction from Amnesty international was needed. Three European Parliament representatives were caught on tape by a British paper of taking money to influence legislation. We interviewed the Romanian MEP being investigated. During it all, cameraman filed in from Amsterdam and Brussels to prepare for the Summit. At first, I thought the amount of people we had working on the story was overkill.
I was never so wrong.
The rest of Thursday and Friday was a more subdued, dare I say "normal" Summit experience. Leaders came and went, policy moves were debated, decisions were avoided, and someone was left unhappy. In my opinion, the biggest story occurred not even at the Summit but at Nato, where the organization was starting to assume the control of the Libyan no-fly zone and--come Sunday--the entire coalition effort.
As Friday wound up and a very tired press corps returned home, I realized that for those few days, Brussels had become a warm center of the political universe. Decisions, huge decisions, were streaming through the EU and Nato and the world was reacting. To be in the middle of it all was intoxicating.