Interesting journalistic aspect this week in Belgium, the country I’ve chosen to elect as the country I live and work in. My presence here remains the hazard of history and further explanation will be given following the tagging by Avinash Kaushik during the course of this week.
Thank you Avinash for this, I am very grateful and actually flattered but before I get into more personal stuff, some reflections about media and politics. It’s indirectly related to Web Analytics and I feel it is my civil duty to discuss this.
Belgium is a fascinating country. What I really like about Belgium is the fact that I live in the capital of Europe, Brussels. Brussels is one of the 3 regions that make up Belgium, together with the Wallonia region and the Flemish region. Add to that that you also have linguistic regions: the Flemish, the French and the German. Brussels is kind of majority French speaking sitting duck, surrounded by Flemish compatriots.
Being Dutch, one can understand that the first course I flunked at university was Public Law: it’s darn complicated here in this little country of 10 million citizens, speaking mainly Flemish – which is almost similar to Dutch thus The Netherlands – and French thus France.
The balance of power in this country has seriously shifted of the last 50 years, giving economical power in favour of the Flemish camp. Wallonia lost a lot of competitive power, being based upon the industrial age’s coal mines.
Voices are growing in the Flemish region to separate.
Ah, and we also have a Royal Family. By “we” I don’t refer to the house of Orange.
Even though I would really love, as a female economist, to see Maxima and Mathilde get their heads together to support Micro Credit…
The Belgian Royal Families “mission” is “L’Union fait la force”, literally “Union makes force”.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium. And of Europe.
So, what happened? (more…)