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Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is the de facto capital city of the European Union (EU) and the largest urban area in Belgium. It comprises 19 municipalities. Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. Hosting principal EU institutions and the headquarters of NATO, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics since the end of the World War II. Although historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels has become increasingly French-speaking since the 20th century. Today a majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers, although both languages have official status. Read more...

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Brussels (Belgium) is considered to be the de facto capital of the European Union, having a long history of hosting the institutions of the European Union. However the EU has no official capital with no plans to declare one. The city hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Council and a second seat of the European Parliament.

Most of the institutions are located within the European Union (EU) quarter, or district, of Brussels, which is the unofficial name of the area corresponding to the approximate triangle between Brussels Park, Cinquantenaire Park and Leopold Park (with the Parliament's hemicycle extending into the latter). The Commission and Council are located in the heart of this area near to the Schuman station at the Schuman roundabout on the Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat. The European Parliament is located over the Brussels-Luxembourg station, next to Luxembourg Square.

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