I’ve been following the deadlock in Belgian politics between the Walloon and Flemish parties for awhile now. I’m not sure I really grok the issue, so I have to ask: Would Belgium breaking into constituent Francophone and Flemish halves really be a bad thing? Am I missing something here?
I’m sure the issue’s been discussed ad nauseam, but the way I see it there are several choices:
1. Status quo: Nothing changes, and the country continues to be ungovernable. This seems the least tenable option.
2. Compromise: Some sort of compromise is reached that gives the Flemish the autonomy they want within the bounds that makes the Walloon parties comfortable that Belgium will remain intact.
3. Divorce: The two halves go their separate ways and Belgium is no more.
This latter category can be divided further:
a. Two new countries join the European Union with Brussels an independent city state.
b. The Walloons become part of the French Republic and the Flemish join the Netherlands.
c. One of the two halves joins a neighboring country while the other remains independent.
I’m just a layman, so I’m going to throw the question to the floor. What do you guys think is the most plausible/workable/likely (take your pick)? Myself, I kind of like the idea of Brussels becoming a “federal district” type capital city of the EU as an independent city-state while the two constituent halves incorporate into their respective neighbors.