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PostFlemish Secession (Angel Vinas, Belgium, 02/16/14 7:37 am)
Well, with regard to John Eipper's question (15 February) about the possibility of a Belgian breakup, I´m happy to report good news. Just a week or two ago the Flemish party which has agitated more in favor of independence for Flanders has given up. According to newspaper reports Bart Van Wever, the Flemish politician who shot to prominence under that banner, seems to have now realized that Flemish independence is a rather fancy proposition. His aim seems now to push for the confederalisation of the Belgian State. For the time being this is rather nebulous. To achieve something like Switzerland? Under the already agreed reform of the Belgian State, due to enter into force on 1 July, the federalisation is to advance further. Van Wever was not part of that agreement, and he´s probably understood that it was a mistake. Many Flemings seem to be unwilling to give up EU membership which would be a logical consequence of the Belgian breakup. Furthermore, they also fear the loss of whatever claims they may have upon the Brussels region.
(By the way, I wholeheartedly agree with Nigel Jones upon the chances of Scottish independence. If Scotland were to leave the Pound Sterling it would certainly not join the euro-area, not because the Scots Nat didn´t want to but because the EU would not like to have them. Their independence would then be a rather costly fantasy.)
As for Catalonia, I still stick to the French proverb. At least for the time being. The nationalist temptation, oh, la la!
JE comments: "Il rira bien qui rira le dernier"--He who laughs last, laughs best. By the by, I came across this website for the SNP (Scottish National Party). "Together we can make Scotland better." A fringe group? Their website strives to be upbeat and hopeful. I'd like to learn more from the WAIS commentariat: