Tuesday, September 11, 2007
For the past days King Albert II of Belgium has been consulting the members of the Crown Council. He is seeking their help to solve what the Royal Palace itself calls the Belgian "political crisis".
The last time the Belgian King summoned the Crown Council because he had lost confidence in the elected politicians was in 1960, during the crisis surrounding the independence of Belgium’s Congo colony.
Apart from 1960, the Crown Council has only convened on four occasions during Belgium’s 177 years of existence: in 1870 at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, in 1914 on the occasion of the German ultimatum to Belgium, in 1919 for the Treaty of Versailles, and in 1950 at the return from exile of Albert II and his father, King Leopold III, a notorious anti-Semitic Nazi collaborator.
Recently the conservative French newspaper Le Figaro published a column by Alexandre Adler in which Adler urged the French President Sarkozy to prepare for the annexation of Wallonia by France.
Adler said Sarkozy should not miss this historic opportunity "to govern an enlarged France". He referred to the example of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who in 1990 grabbed the opportunity to incorporate East Germany into the German Federal Republic.
Last week a survey in the Netherlands showed 77% of the Dutch in favor of reuniting the Netherlands and Flanders. It is becoming increasingly clear with every passing hour: Belgium will break up. The Flemish will join Holland and the Walloonies will re-join Froggystan.
And the Dutch can not make jokes about the Belgians anymore...