Battle Flag of the US ConfederacySecession is a topic that fascinates me, bound up as it is with the ideals of liberty and identity. Usually I find myself researching the American Civil War but it is increasingly likely that I will be able to observe a contemporary secession on my own continent. I’m not sure why this hasn’t been all over the front pages of the newspapers and the headline slots on BBC News 24: it appears that Belgium is falling apart. There is a very real possibility that Flanders will secede, ending the bizarre Franco-Flemish union and, amusingly, leaving Brussels outside the EU. Well, maybe it won’t go that far, but it’s fun to watch nevertheless. Here are some links:

Samizdata – The interesting example of Belgium

Little Man, What Now? – The European Secession Problem – How Belgium Broke Brussels

Published in: on September 24, 2007 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. I saw something about this late at night on BBC 24 when working a night shift a week or so back, so that’s how much priority this issue seems to have.I’m sure they said that Brussels would become an independent city in its own right, belonging to no one country, like the Vatican City. I might guess that it could then be set up as an entirely unadulterated EU capital city.

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