Belgium has launched a drive to reshape its institutions, following months of government paralysis. At the heart of the crisis is a tension between the Dutch-speaking Flemish and Francophones. In the final of a series of articles, Henri Astier asks if Belgium can remain united, and considers the lessons for other multi-ethnic entities.
Earlier this month the Flemish sports minister suggested restructuring Belgium’s football federation, creating Francophone and Dutch-speaking wings.
The plan drew loud boos from French-speakers.
The vice-president of national champions Standard Liege called it as a “dangerous first step towards a split” – and threatened to make an even bigger step by joining the French league if it went ahead.
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