wounded in the line of duty
We can argue about what those two things mean and whether they are a general believe or just typical jokes. Like the believe that "the Dutch are greedy" (gierig) ?
But it is true and proven that a moderate Flemish family pays for the amount of a small car to Wallonia every year. Even though Wallonia consists of 31% of the population of Belgium.
I don't think there is a wide believe that Walloons are "the bad guys". I do think that an increasing majority in Flanders no longer see the country work as it is because of the aforementioned problems. What's even more, if you read what I stated originally, I don't lay the blame for the political inabilities to the Walloon politicians or the Walloon people, but rather to the structure that forces politician and people to act the way they do.
In fact, if you look at the country's history since it was founded, we moved in slow steps to split the country. Where at the beginning French was forced on everyone, we have seen that since 1968 (finally) the Flemish people (majority) could be educated in Dutch on Flemish soil. I took more than 100 years to have that right and other rights.
You cannot undo the changes that evolved the past 175 years which led to more and more institutions to be regionalised. You talk about the language border as an artificial border, but I would say that it is a natural border. Because it splits between political parties, education, media, culture and everything else.
The difference with other countries is that either they are not bi-polar constructions. Or the majority rules, which means that the minority is either surpressed or is fine with it. (Which is not the case in Belgium, in Belgium the minority is equal to the majority).
What I think is most telling of what you say, "let make only one government who will have to work for the interest of the majority" is that you forget about two things:
I am very confident that the Walloon politicians would *never* accept the above. They prefer to have 35% of the people have (at least) 50% of the stake in what happens.
So I stand with what I stated, the easiest solution is to make the regions responsible for what they do for their own people. It brings back equality in the system.
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