No one is saying that your culture must die. You have not attacked us, so you got nothing to worry.
BTW Belgium is not a true socialist country, not really. You might have some socialist ideas, among others, but you are not a socialist country, at
least not yet. Belgium is a constitutional monarchy, unless it has changed from October 2003.
At least that's what this link says.
(Last updated in October 2003)
The language dispute
The May 2003 elections
Belgium is a constitutional monarchy. Legislative authority is shared by the King and the Parliament, executive authority by the King and the
Government. Measures initiated by the King must be countersigned by the ministers. Albert II has been Belgian head of state since 1993.
The federalization process led to a number of constitutional amendments with a new constitution entering into force on 17 February 1994. Belgium
became a federal state.
The regions (Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels) were given their own parliaments (councils) and governments and responsibility in financial and tax
affairs. Their councils received legislative powers. They are directly elected for five years, elections taking place at the same time as those to the
European Parliament. The premiers and ministers are elected by the councils and are accountable to them.
One result of the 1999 elections was that, for the first time in nearly the entire post-War era, the Christian Democrats were not represented in the
government. The newly-formed "rainbow coalition" of Liberals, Socialists and Greens was considered both unorthodox and a sign of Belgium's new will
to reform. This was particularly the case with regard to its very open manner of dealing with public opinion and its efforts to put into practice new
forms of direct democracy. When the rainbow coalition came into office, it discovered there was a considerable need for reforms and at first made a
vigorous effort to implement them. However during the course of the legislative period it became ever more apparent that the six coalition parties no
longer had much common ground; a slowdown in economic development also required budget cuts. In the end, a relatively minor issue caused the Green
party, which already held divergent views, to leave the coalition shortly before the elections on 18 May 2003. The election campaign was then
primarily dominated by the traditional "blue" and "red" parties' efforts to point out ways in which they differ from the "greens". In the end,
Belgians voted by a large majority to re-elect the Liberals and Socialists to another term. Despite this clear vote, coalition negotiations proved to
be difficult - in particular due to the lack of a third party that could act as a buffer or moderator - and were only successfully concluded after
eight weeks. On 15 July 2003, Parliament voted in favour of the "Verhofstadt 2" government."
Excerpts taken from.
It seems that you are having a lot of economic problems after you chose the "rainbow coalition" of Liberals, socialists and greens. But it says you
are trying to have a direct democracy. That does not sound socialist, but getting closer...
I was born and raised til the age of 7 in a country that began as "socialist" and ended up communist. I went to visit Cuba in 2001, i have seen
what true socialism/communism does, and it sucks. The people have nothing to eat if their relatives living outside the country don't send money to
them. The most food that the government gives last about a week or so, and its supposed to last them for a month.
Venezuela is going through the same process as Cuba did, Spain has also become socialist, and I didn't know much about Belgium, but it seems you are
headed the same way. You guys decided not to represent the Christian Democratic party, since then you seem to have more economic problems than
[Edited on 9-4-2004 by Muaddib]