Thursday, July 31, 2008

Returning Wallonia

A post at Le Salon Beige provides a summary of a somewhat longer article at Le Figaro on the reactions of pro-sovereignty deputies to the possibility of Wallonia joining France:

Philippe de Villiers has declared himself favorable to Wallonia being attached to France:

"If the Walloons want to rejoin our country, it would be unfitting for us to oppose them!"

Villiers quotes Article 88 of the Constitution, "that would permit the entry of the Walloons by virtue of a contract of association." But Philippe de Villiers seeks above all to denounce the European Union which:

"develops harmful centrifugal forces, apt to lead the fragile Belgian coupling to implode."

The dismemberment of States is one of the objectives of the European project: the EU Committee on Regions is hoping for a system of governing based on the implementation of a network, whose various partners cooperate on an equal footing.

EU parliamentarian Paul-Marie Coûteaux also observes with "consternation":

"(the) progressive destruction of States to the benefit of the regions, small political entities without great influence, that will make the transfer of prerogatives to a European super-State seem quite natural."

UMP deputy Christian Vanneste makes this observation:

"France would gain 5 million inhabitants, which would strengthen our weight in Europe with regard to Germany. But the majority of Wallonia is socialist, a worse type of socialism than what we have!"

One LSB reader, who calls himself a "Flemish northerner" weighs in on the cultural chasm that has developed over time between the two parts of Belgium:

Monsieur Vanneste is quite right to underscore the socialism of Wallonia. (...) The Flemish region is of a Christian culture and not inclined to socialist policies (ethnic communities, multi-culturalism, welfare, secularism, jacobinism). The Walloon region, on the other hand, follows the French model. The division has increased these past 20 years as Walloon politics followed the evolution of France. Renan's idea of a national community is going over like a lead balloon, unfortunately for our Belgian friends.

Most of LSB's readers have no problem with a divorce.

The article in Le Figaro points out that most younger Walloons, under the age of 49, favor joining France.

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At August 02, 2008 10:15 PM, Anonymous dauphin_b612 said...

I think this only makes sense. I will go further and say that even French Switzerland, some in Luxembourg, and even Québec are welcome!

At August 03, 2008 5:37 PM, Anonymous dauphin_b612 said...

P.S. - Of course the Walloons' waffles and fries are welcome too! : )

At August 04, 2008 1:30 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ dauphin

But you already have Belgian waffles! They used to be sold at crêperies. Now you'll have more.

There's a conflict here. If the EU wants Belgium to split, because its goal is the dismemberment of nations, then I want Belgium to stay united. However, if the Flemish and the Walloons really want a new existence, then I cannot really oppose it. The Flemish seem to really want separation.

But what about the problem of Walloons' socialism? How is it worse than the already existing socialism, and what will it mean for France ultimately? Remember when East Germany re-united with the West, it was the West that footed the bill, although I think that situation has improved now.

At August 04, 2008 4:15 AM, Blogger Deborah said...

It will mean that, and depending upon which statistics one believes, up to 500,000 Belgium Muslims - 1/2 a million Muslims - will automatically be added to the French Secu payroll.

Belgium Muslims are an incredibly pampered ethnic group under the ruling champagne socialists. In 2006, the government gave $7.7 million (6.1 million Euros) to Islamic groups and the odious mayor of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans, protected them (Muslims) even further by banning an anti Islam demonstration in the capital of the European Empire.

I really hope that Belgium implodes; quickly followed by a dissolution of all "democratic" EU institutions and the dispersal of all the parasites who work for said institutions.

At August 04, 2008 5:37 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ deborah

Thanks for the helpful insights. I remember well that demonstration banned by Freddy T.

You seem to feel that the EU structure will implode too, after Belgium splits up? Therefore you disagree with the notion that the EU really wants the breakup of Belgium because it will gain some advantages from it?

Northern France is already highly Islamized. All they need is 500,000 more Muslims! But, as you say, Muslims have become a pampered elite, and will have everything to gain from annexation.

At August 04, 2008 8:16 AM, Blogger Deborah said...

I think there would be many aftershocks if Belgium were to split and I can only hope that such a divorce would be the start of the end for that machine we call the EU. For one, would the already Euroskeptic peoples of Great Britain continue to accept EU rule? At that, an EU under obvious French control?

Would the centuries old prejudices between Germany and France resurface if (about) 4 million Walloons were to suddenly swell the French electorate at the stroke of a pen, in relation to the decades old political rift surrounding the annexation of Alsace Lorraine. This would certainly upset the proposed qualified majority voting system expected to come into force in 2014.

And then the Muslim question! As you say, the north of France is highly Islamized therefore having up to 1/2 a million more Muslims running about with their endless demands would certainly change the political landscape and might possibly ease the way for the accession of Turkey into the EU. Also there would be more (Islamic) support for Sarkozys Mediterranean Union initiative (formerly known as The Barcelona Declaration) and of questionable practicality.

But you are quite correct to say that only the EU would benefit from the break up of Belgium. Maybe we will witness the birth of an EU superstate, run along the same lines as that of the Vatican state ?

I was in Brussels 3 weeks ago and was amazed at all the construction works taking place there. It was also quite alarming to see the European flag flying proudly over said construction sites. Next time I am in Brussels I will take photos for you to witness the growth of EU institutions in the heart of the EU empire .


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