Belgium is edging closer to the political abyss in the wake of another round of failed talks aimed at holding the deeply divided country together. Francophone politicians like Laurette Onkelinx (pictured) warn of a future separated from the Flemish.
It is hard to imagine more alarming rhetoric for supporters of a unified Belgium. Throughout the weekend, the Belgian media was dominated by one dramatic statement after another from francophone politicians who now openly discuss the prospect of dividing the country in two. "We must start preparing for the end of Belgium,” warned senior Socialist leader Laurette Onkelinx in an interview with La Derniere Heure newspaper. That sentiment was echoed by Rudy Demotte, the leader of the French-speaking Wallonia region, who said that the time had come to consider “all options.”
Date created : 2010-09-06