Monday, November 12, 2007

Age of Empires

Hooray! France is looking to expand its territories.

Belgium has been without government since June 2007. Belgium is split between two language groups, the French speaking Wallonia region and Dutch speaking Flanders in the north. These two regions have been bucking for more political autonomy.
We are two different nations, an artificial state created as a buffer between big powers, and we have nothing in common except a king, chocolate and beer.

Filip Dewinter, the leader of Vlaams Belang, or Flemish Bloc, the extreme-right, xenophobic Flemish party.
Anyone who has spoken French in a Flemish city quickly gets a sense of the mutual hostility that is a part of daily life here. The current crisis dates from June 10, when the Flemish Christian Democrats, who demand greater autonomy for Flanders, came in first with one-fifth of the seats in Parliament.
Yves Leterme, the party leader, would have become prime minister if he had been able to put together a coalition government.
But he was rejected by French speakers because of his contempt for them — an oddity since his own father is a French speaker. He further alienated them, and even some moderate Flemish leaders, on Belgium’s national holiday, July 21, when he appeared unable — or unwilling — to sing Belgium’s national anthem.
Belgium’s mild-mannered, 73-year-old king, Albert II, has struggled to mediate, even though under the Constitution he has no power other than to appoint ministers and rubber-stamp laws passed by Parliament. He has welcomed a parade of politicians and elder statesmen to the Belvedere palace in Brussels, successively appointing four political leaders to resolve the crisis. All have failed.

NY Times 21 Sep 2007

Now it seems France might have a solution: Wallonia can become part of France! Hooray! Vive La France! Last time we tried to take belgium was when Napoleon got slapped down at Waterloo.


Flanders can keep Brussels tho. I don't like their sprouts.


Blog Readability Level
It seems my blog consists of one syllable words and poopie jokes.

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5 Comments:

At 9:33 pm, Blogger travelling, but not in love said...

I've been using this lack of government situation for a long time now - to wind up a Belgian colleague who is very full of himself.

I only have to ask him "how many days has it been now?" and he shuts up. It's perfect.

But it is a shame though. I've always thought Belgium had the right idea - chocolate, beer, moules frites and waffles. How much better does it get?

 
At 9:36 pm, Blogger travelling, but not in love said...

By the way, my blog got a 'high school' reading level - it's either the big words or the erotic content - ha ha.

 
At 12:51 am, Blogger The Ex said...

I rather like Brussels and their sprouts but I suppose that's neither here nor there, really.

Belgium is such an amazing country and could only benefit from being annexed to France. Cheers :)

 
At 10:44 am, Anonymous Your bro said...

Like your Ingre painting of Boney, I saw it at an exhibition in London a few years ago, I keep meaning to Photoshop Mugabe's head onto it.

 
At 12:02 am, Blogger BruZ said...

...what about asking to French people too ?

I like Wallon people, I'd be OK for us to become French as well.

French Revolution gained Belgium before Napoleon! He lost it as he wanted to rule all the world.
After Republican victories (Valmy, Jemmapes, Fleurus...), french territories go till the Rhine. And the Vienna treaty in 1815 makes french boundaries comes back to Louis XVI ones.

 

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