Belgium

November 24th, 2007 at 10:29 am by David Farrar

I’ve never quite understood why Belgium is a country. And it seems many Belgians are saying the same, with a real move in some parts to split between the Dutch speaking North and French speaking South.

They have been unable to agree on a Government since elections in June.  And even the PM designate has called Belgium an accident of history.

Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union have all dissolved into their constituent parts.  Will Belgium be next?

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15 Responses to “Belgium”

  1. Yeti (64 comments) says:

    Belgium should disolve, it’s just a legacy of the great wars of last century. The problem with the whole idea is no one wants the lazy french and where will all those EU mandarins go? Holland certainly won’t want them.

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  2. PhilBest (5,120 comments) says:

    It is curious how politics is advancing transnational structures at the expense of the sovereignty of induvidual nations, like the EEC and the UN, yet the people themselves are more often into forming smaller and smaller enclaves of self-determination.

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  3. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    Isn’t Belgium like a truck stop for various armies for a quick replenishment before attacking the real country they want to attack?

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  4. PhilBest (5,120 comments) says:

    Sorry, should have said the EU, not the EEC. Vaclav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, refers to it as the EUSSR. His constituents love him.

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  5. MikeE (555 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t mind splitting Wellington off from the rest of NZ while we are at it…

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  6. cathi (34 comments) says:

    Present-day Belgium was formed in the 19th century, not as a legacy of the 20th century wars in Europe but as part of the shakout after the demise of Napoleon. Primarily it separated from the “United Netherlands” over religion, which was still a divisive factor in Europe (indeed it still is now in some areas) and chose to go with the French-speaking sphere of influence rather than the Dutch-speaking one, even the Flemish, who wanted the Catholicism they weren’t getting from the Dutch.

    Interesting how priorities change over time.

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  7. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    I always thought the belgiums always identified more with the french.

    Their language and names sound more french.

    They sound divided. In th end if they can’t be united they’ll just be taken. And it sounds as if they’ll deserve their fate. Beuraucracy hates voids and loves tax income and definitely not fussy about culture. Which incidentally is why we’re becoming globalised.

    We must be looking very attractive to Australia now ourselves with our huge asset in treasury.
    All govts on both sides of the ditch are also anti monarchist.

    Watch for signs of Aussy Rules starting leagues over here.

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  8. BlairM (2,304 comments) says:

    MikeE – YES! Let’s give Wellington back to the UK. It can be their Southern Gibraltar! :oP

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  9. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    “MikeE – YES! Let’s give Wellington back to the UK. ”

    We’re not going back to the UK!!

    All govts on both sides of the ditch are also anti monarchist.

    Unbelievable.

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  10. ben (2,414 comments) says:

    Divide Belgium in two? That would make each piece about twice the size of my back yard.

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  11. BlairM (2,304 comments) says:

    Does anyone know which side gets all the good beer?

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  12. PhilBest (5,120 comments) says:

    HEY! Lets let the South Island form a political union with Australia and see how many Kiwis choose to go there! Whats left in the North Island would collapse pretty quick with no-one left paying taxes………..

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  13. Rex Widerstrom (5,327 comments) says:

    Poirot novels will never be the same…

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  14. LondonMatt (14 comments) says:

    I’m moving there next month. Many houses and businesses in brussels are flying the Belgian flag in support of unity and they got about 300,00 to a protest last Saturday – not bad in a city the with the same population as Auckland but fiull of non Belgians. The French side used to have all the money and treated the flemish side like crap. Now the flemish side has all the money ……

    For BlairM – Hoegaarden is in the french part and the flemish part still has a lot of the trappist breweries – so no one will be left out. The real fight will come when the flemish blockade mussel supplies to the south and the french counter with a waffle embargo.

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  15. clintheine (1,568 comments) says:

    Vaclav Klaus is great Philbest… I liked what he said to all the climate protestors and environmentalists last year. He has led the Czech Rep into a fantastic period of economic recovery…. wel it couldn’t have got worse after the previous policies. :)

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