July 19, 2008
EU politics, I find easier to understand than Belgian politics, which is one reason why this is my first post on this subject. However, the ongoing failure of the inter-communal negotiations, when the country has to cope with serious economic problems, prompts at least a brief reflection .
Today’s impasse is in many ways the result of successive constitutional reforms and the absence of national political parties.
Above all, however, I fear that the root of the problem is that few Flemish and Francophones have any loyalty or affection for their country. Without the objective being to seek a common solution to a common problem, negotiations are a ‘zero sum game’ and not a ‘win-win’.
But essentially, the crisis is between groups of politicians (of whom there are too many), fighting for power, influence and money. Where else can one imagine a country, in such crisis, but with virtually no public demonstrations? However, there has always been strains between the two communities and these strains risk beng exacerbated through the irresponsible behaviour of the politicians.Author : Stanley Crossick