Belgium has a federal government: WORLD RECORD now at 540 days
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05-12-2011, 04:10 PM
Belgium has a federal government: WORLD RECORD now at 540 days
540 days... 540 days of bickering and petty squabbles; but we finally have a governement!

No reason to celebrate. The country is in crisis and the political struggle will cost us billions. The two major linguistic groups, Flemish and Walloons, both feel as if they have lost, accusing their own politicians of pulling down their pants for the others. If you read the Belgian newspaper in different languages, you get the impression of living in two different countries.

Belgium has never been this polarized; both groups look at each other in a stereotypical way: Walloons as lazy parasites that spit on everything that speaks dutch and the Flemish as racist and intolerant neo-Nazi's. Speaking Dutch or French on the wrong territory is seen as an outright act of aggression.


The politicians have formed an impressive coalition with parties having completely different points of view, a coalition of christian-democrats, socialists and liberals: a total of 6 parties, each with their own demands colliding with the others'.

The largest Flemish party, the New Flemish Alliance, which wants the Flemish independence and the abolition of the royal family, now has about 40% of the Flemish electorate. They aren't part of this government and will abuse the weakness of the current parties in power in order to strengthen themselves and deal a crushing blow in the next elections.
The Walloons don't have a separatist party, since they are dependent of money transfers from the north, although they are slowly growing as an economy.

But today our new prime minister (picture below), Elio di Rupo, is smiling. He's a Walloon socialist and barely speaks any Dutch. He's rejected by the great majority of Flanders and will have to prove himself as a worthy head of state.

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I'm a mutilingual Belgian of both Walloon and Flemish parents, which is high treason for some of our local rednecks. I'm caught in a clash of civilizations and I feel uncertain about the future. Change is in the air... Utopia is still far far away...

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08-12-2011, 12:15 PM
RE: Belgium has a federal government: WORLD RECORD now at 540 days
Welcome to America.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.”

-Mark Twain
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08-12-2011, 03:06 PM
RE: Belgium has a federal government: WORLD RECORD now at 540 days
The result of 40 years differences focus.

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