Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[LINK] Flemish Questions

Filip van Laenan's "Flemish Questions" webpages have been online, in one form or another, since 1997. They helped ignite my layman's interest in Flemish nationalism, which bears certain similarities to Québécois nationalism (an emphasis on language as a marker of national identity, the construction of a non-sovereign nation-state within a larger federal state) though differing radically in many respects (the complications of 20th century European history, the presence of the European Union, Flanders' demographic and economic dominance of Belgium).

Out of curiosity, how prominently do the problems cited--the question of Brussels and disputed border territories, what would be called in Canada transfer payments from rich Flanders to poor Wallonia, a perhaps disproportionately great French economic influence--feature in modern Flemish nationalism? My layman's interest is out of date, and I wonder whether my initial introduction to the subject might have certain biases.
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