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    So could Belgium be on the way to break up. I know that their has been the odd break down in relations between the Flemish ( Dutch speaking ) and Walloons ( French speaking ) down the years but I thought it was harmonious enough. There is also a small German speaking minority in the east.

    Belgians warned to prepare for country's split
    Monday September 06 2010

    A woman tipped as a future Belgian premier has told citizens to "get ready for the break-up" of the country, after talks to form a government failed.

    Laurette Onkelinx, a Socialist MP, spoke after King Albert II appointed two new negotiators to form a government straddling Dutch and French-speaking factions.

    Elio Di Rupo, the Socialist leader, gave up efforts to form a coalition with the biggest Flemish party, the independence-minded N-VA, seven weeks after a general election returned a hung parliament.

    "Let's hope it doesn't come to that because if we split, it will be the weakest who will pay the heaviest price. On the other hand, we can no longer ignore that among a large part of the Flemish population, it's their wish," Miss Onkelinx told 'La Derniere Heure' newspaper.

    "So yes, we have to get ready for the break-up of Belgium. "Loads of people think it's possible."

    Belgians warned to prepare for country's split - Europe, World News - Independent.ie

    Here's a little backgound information on the country.

    Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    It will be interesting to see what happens. while the Dutch would happily incorporate the north part of Belgium it will more like become sovereign.
    The south would really be in the crapper if a break-up occurs. The north is the economic powerhouse of the country and is repetitively honest; the south is ridden with corruption and brown envelopes. However I doubt the would join France.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riven View Post
    It will be interesting to see what happens. while the Dutch would happily incorporate the north part of Belgium it will more like become sovereign.
    The south would really be in the crapper if a break-up occurs. The north is the economic powerhouse of the country and is repetitively honest; the south is ridden with corruption and brown envelopes. However I doubt the would join France.
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    I would have thought that these revelations about the Church are the big news from Belgium these days. But they don't have novelty value for Irish people...
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    It is unlikely that Belgium will ever break up because of Brussels - a majority French-speaking city within Flanders.
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    Waloonia would become the economic basketcase of europe whereas Flanders would surpass Luxembourg for wealth.

    as for Brussels . . . the first protectorate of the EU or a kind of D.C. for the EU

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeGaulle 2.0 View Post
    It is unlikely that Belgium will ever break up because of Brussels - a majority French-speaking city within Flanders.
    Brussells was Flemish speaking before Belguim was set up. The language was discouraged by the French speaking elite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeGaulle 2.0 View Post
    It is unlikely that Belgium will ever break up because of Brussels - a majority French-speaking city within Flanders.
    It might make it more likely. They'll be able to have their cake and still eat it; that is, the two parts of Belgium will be able to separate - but still argue about Brussels.

    But the whole situation has a promise of war about it. It was always said, as far back as the 19th century, that if the Flemings of Belgium ever joined Holland then Holland would soon join Germany - which as a result would be dominant in Europe.

    France will never allow it.

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    In working class flemish areas of Brussels the french street names on the bilingual signs are all obliterated

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    Right on about Brx., that will be hard to break up without it, but it won't happen with it....bizarre. It will certainly be left behind, but who will run it? I'm not sure of the legal status of the deal which created the original mess but I assume that it can not 'break up' unless it all breaks up??

    The worst possible solution, however unlikely, is that it would be left to the EU to take it over.... All 27 would then end up running it, and since they couldn't organise the well known p**s up what would they do with Brx??

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