Status update from Belgium
After the recent scandals in one of the smallest countries on this planet, here is a status update.
Belgium (about 10 million people) consists of two main, partly independent regions (Flanders and Wallonia) that differ in many aspects of which language is the most important one (respectively Dutch and French).
The government is (by law) split into two sides and neither one of them accepts changes to legislation that would (after calculations or spin) benefit the other region more than its own.
As a result managing the country becomes worse and worse each day. Because of the lack of trust, every action is being colored in both media and so the people are divided and (mis)informed as well.
This lack of trust also exists between political parties and so everything can be spinned in a bad way. Since new elections are coming up, rest assured this is done.
This negative spiral has now come into a state that it is impossible to untangle as it has been cooking for centuries (of injustice and inequality).
The art of compromise, which was once proclaimed to be the finest skill of a Belgian politician, has now revealed to produce awkward solutions leading to more grave problems, or delay proper solutions at best. And you cannot get things done in Belgium without a compromise.
So where are we today ?
- The prime minister has been accused of manipulating the justice system for assisting selling the national banks to other countries
- Criminals are let go because of administrative errors in the justice system and as a result the minister of justice is forced to (illegally) intervene with the justice system to get them behind bars
- Ministers go outside of their jurisdiction on external affairs and badmouth each other publically
- The Walloon region is lobbying Europe to intervene on Flemish soil, badmouthing the other region and even calling this an *ethnic* conflict (yes, please weep with me!)
- The Walloon media considering the majority of the Flemish parties to be racist and/or fascist parties (which if course they are not) which makes any dialogue constipated or hard to sell
Can anyone honestly say that Belgium is fine the way it is ?
Feel free to update the Wikipedia article based on this information ;-)