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