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Belgium faces split if Flemish win ballot

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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 06:52 AM
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Belgium faces split if Flemish win ballot


news.scotsman.com

BELGIUM'S 6.5 million Dutch/Flemish and four million Walloon/French-speakers are locked in a quarrelsome union, and voters in a general election today might well prescribe a political divorce.
A mainstream Flemish party that is expected to do well is invoking the concept of irreconcilable differences to seek a separation and, in time, take the country's Dutch-speaking Flanders region into the European Union as a separate nation.

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a nightmare scenario for poorer Wallonia, Belgium's Francophone south, which greatly depends on Flemish funds.

Early elections were c
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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 06:52 AM
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Its leader, and perhaps Belgium's next premier, Bart de Wever, 39, wants an orderly break-up of Belgium by shifting the national government's last remaining powers, notably justice, health and social security, to Flanders and Wallonia.

Such a move would complete 30 years of ever greater self-rule for the two Belgian regions.

The new Flemish alliance wants Flanders to join the EU. There are no comparable separatist sentiments in Wallonia.

Finance minister Didier Reynders, a Francophone Liberal, says the question facing Belgians is: "Do we still want to live together?"

In Belgium just about everything, from political parties to broadcasters to boy scouts and voting ballots, already comes in Flemish and Walloon versions.

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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 06:55 AM
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I encourage smaller nations. But the irony is that after the split they will want to join a mega nation known as the EU. So it's kind of a joke.



posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 07:13 AM
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Belgium was never a "real" country in the first place. It came about in the 1830's as a result of religious and ethnic strife in the old United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

it is also one of main reasons why the Uk got sucked into WW1, as from 1836 we guaranteed their independance.



posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 07:14 AM
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My opinion is that they should annex Wallonia to France and annex Flanders to The Netherlands.



posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 07:45 AM
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My opinion is that they should just leave it the way it is.

Learn to get along and work together.

Belgium should stay united. This is pointless.



posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 07:48 AM
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is amsterdam in the south and how will the lisbon treaty effect amsterdam and the pot shops if its in the north?



posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 08:17 AM
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Erm..

Amsterdam is in the Netherlands, not Belgium....



posted on Jun, 13 2011 @ 02:02 PM
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We are exactly 1year later, and still counting...
Truly unseen and revolutionary.
Do we need a government after all?




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