Time to dissolve Belgium?
The Economist blog Certain ideas of Europe has a post about the problems of Belgian state nowadays and defends the division between French and Dutch speaking communities:
Prime Minister Yves Leterme, who only took office in March, submitted his resignation after failing to push through measures to devolve more power to the regions. His offer must be accepted by King Albert before it takes effect.
If Mr Leterme sounds impatient, consider this: he accepted the top job only after nine months of political deadlock between French- and Dutch-speaking parties, and had set a July 15th deadline for them to agree on changes in their power-sharing arrangements.
Many Belgians have told pollsters they expect their country will break up, and The Economist has supported this line. As the paper argued last fall:
Rancour is ever-present and the country has become a freak of nature, a state in which power is so devolved that government is an abhorrent vacuum. In short, Belgium has served its purpose. A praline divorce is in order.
According to EU Referendum, the reason for this Government’s existence was only one: the Lisbon Treaty. Now that it has ratified it, it’s no longer needed.