Daily Archives: June 16, 2010

Gideon Rachman

Poor old Belgium. The only thing about the country that seems to interest the foreign press is the perennial question of when it is going to fall apart?

The latest rash of speculation has been provoked by the recent Belgian elections. The largest party in the new Belgian parliament will be the New Flemish alliance, the NVA, which want to break the country up – splitting Dutch-speaking Flanders from French-speaking Wallonia. On the face of it, this doesn’t sound good. Still, optimists point out that a majority of Flemings still voted for parties that want to keep Belgium together, rather than split it up. And the far-right Vlaams Belang party actually saw its votes decline, as the more respectable NVA became the repository for Flemish-nationalist votes. Read more