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Bye-bye Belgium?

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How much longer for Belgium?

The break-up of the state of Belgium seems ever more likely following the victory in June’s elections of the moderate separatist New Flemish Alliance (NFA). (See “Brussels diary,” p25.) The election campaign featured an increasingly comic series of disputes between the poorer francophone south and the wealthier Dutch north. Political debates ignored Belgium’s record levels of debt, but saw plenty of angry words about the relative number of speed cameras in each region. (The responsible Walloons have hundreds, the…

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