The Null Device

Brussels DC?

After Czechoslovakia's amicable split in the 1990s, and talk of Scotland seeking independence from Britain, now there is talk in Belgium about splitting the country into French- and Dutch-speaking halves:
Another [barrier to separation] is the future of Brussels. The Belgian capital is a bilingual oasis in Flanders and, despite being the seat of the Flemish parliament, has a largely Francophone population. Its role as home to the EU and Nato has led some to suggest that it should become a kind of Brussels DC for Europe. Proposals unveiled this week to consolidate the European Commission estate with an ambitious new building programme have added to suspicions that the capital’s authorities are preparing for such an eventuality.
Talk of separation has ignited interest in France, where a columnist in the newspaper Le Figaro suggested that President Sarkozy should welcome Wallonia as a new province if wealthy Flanders broke away. France, however, has shown no interest in annexing a population of 4 million with 15 per cent unemployment.

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Posted by: Gus Tue Sep 11 17:34:50 2007

As far as I can guess, the real belgian problem is their politicians : people in Belgium are overblown with taxes from redundants administrations (a double regional administration, a national one, and a gluttonous royal family with nearly a thousand members paid by the state).

People only wish rationalization : but since they've been waiting for thirty years fo it to come, they're just getting a bit postal on the subjet, threatening to throw the nation with its administration.