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    Posted: 13 Jun 2010 at 07:45
Guys, lately I'm randomly reading predictions about the future of Belgium as a country. I remember 5-6 years ago, when a French speaking model appeared on tv, in front of a Flemish crowd and was booed for speaking French. It stroked me to be honest! Now, after some years I read that there's a lot of tension between the different ethnic backgrounds of Belgium. Unfortunately, I used the word "ethnic" since my understanding is that the Belgium "ethnic" consciousness is falling apart.

Now, excuse any ignorance of mine, but If I didn't really care I wouldn't be writing this. What is your view about the current situation? Is there any future for Belgium? Is there any future for multi-ethnic countries to stay united (e.g Swiss).
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Looking at the history of Belgium, does it actually make any sense to keep it together? Maybe this would be a case where the clear geographic areas, with distinct lingual peoples, would be happier living apart than together. Brussels and the National Debt might prove a problem though. And the Belgian King would be on the dole que. He's the only thing keeping the country together (That and the football team, beer, and chocolates...)

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I don't know much about Belgium or its history, but I think its only fair to split up, and perhaps its pieces join with Holland and France.

EDIT: I just saw Al Jassas's post. I think we should merge the two threads if possible.


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Sorry Al J. I had no idea you started that thread. Lets move it there.
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I am going to close this thread since Al Jassas opened the other "Future of Belgium" thread first.  For any response to a post in this thread please respond in Al Jassas's thread.

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