"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Belgium Sparks Separatism Fears

Belgium - functioning without a government for nine months - moves closer to separatism between Flemings and Walloons according to this news report.   Apparently the EU 'fears' Scottish/Basque/Corsica secession in other countries despite the old maxim of divide & conquer.  I don't hold out much hope for Brussels' plan for N.Ireland to become part of the Irish Republic Regional Zone though.  The more the EU tries to harmonise us all, the more people retreat to their own cultural identity:

2 comments:

  1. I fail to see the problem, given that Belgiums very existence was the result of power plays under the old regime of the Concert Of Europe which was intended to reach a balance of power between the great states but which instead led to two World Wars (allegedly, by EUphilliacs) you might have thought that the EU might celebrate its demise.

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  2. Yes, some say that Belgium was the EU's first experiment in forced homogeneity. I'm not quite sure what to make of the report - certainly can't take it at face value though. Presumably, if Belgium did formally separate so as to not exist as one country any more, they'd have to re-negotiate treaties with the EU made in the name of Belgium. The same would apply to wholesale devolution of Scotland/Wales from Gt.Britain. England would be on a limb with no direct treaty in its own name with the EU. The T&C would have to be renegotiated.

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