Western Europe: Brussels Sprouts

For decades, most Europeans scoffed at Brussels, the capital of Belgium, for its provincial drabness and its all-pervading smell of pommes frites. But in 1958 the city put on a highly success ful World's Fair, the Common Market opened headquarters there, and finally NATO moved in. The most obvious result of that varied activity is that Brussels has become an international business center, a special favorite of U.S. companies setting up shop in Europe.

Last week Phillips Petroleum Co. was in the process of moving into the Hilton Tower, completed less than...