Belgium: Thunderflash in Brussels

Though Europe moves ever closer to unity, divisive forces still crackle and hiss close to its surface. Last week 100,000 French-speaking Walloons and Dutch-speaking Flemings fought a violent battle in the very heart of Brussels, capital of the Common Market.

Bilingual Lumps. Roughly the size of Maryland and not much more populous than New York City. Belgium nonetheless has been more like two nations than one since Dutch rule ended and independence was achieved in 1830. In the north are the farm lands of Flanders, inhabited by a conservative, Catholic people with...

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