The Belgian Prime Minister has tendered his resignation after only a few months heading up a coalition government hastily thrown together under pressure from Federal Europe to prevent delays to the ratification of the EU not-a-Constitution.
Unsurprisingly, the Belgian government has fallen on its arse yet again, this time over a devolution package that would give even more power to Belgium’s regional governments. There is so much power devolved to the Belgian regions that the federal government is barely worth having, hence the indifference of the majority of Belgians when faced with the prospect of months without a functioning government.
There is so much of the apparatus of Federal Europe in Belgium, could the inevitible collapse of the Belgian union see the creation of sovereign EU territory? Flanders is close to independence and there is a growing movement in Wallonia for unification with France. The Brussels region has a very large immigrant population and hence a weak Belgian nationalism. Put to the popular vote, there’s a good possibility the citizens of Brussels would vote to become the Republic of Europe.