Skip to comments.Flemish separatists are big winners in Belgian election
Posted on 05/25/2014 6:07:32 PM PDT by dontreadthis
(Reuters) - A party that wants to dissolve Belgium was the chief winner of a parliamentary election on Sunday, setting the scene for months of deadlock before a new government can be formed.
With about 80 percent of votes counted, the opposition N-VA (New Flemish Alliance), had secured a third of the votes from the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, the economic powerhouse in the north where some 60 percent of Belgians live.
The centre-right party, which captured 28.2 percent of the Dutch-speaking vote in 2010, has proposed transforming Belgium into a loose confederation of linguistically distinct regions, giving more power to regional governments.
It was a sobering night for the socialists of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who lost voters to a newly created hard left party although they should remain the largest force in the French-speaking south of Belgium.
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Europa is about to get interesting!
“Wallonia for the Walloons!”
Didn’t they do a song about them in the ‘80s ? “99 Luft-Walloons” ?
Congratulations to the people of Flemland!
Your can either be a Pleghm or Walloon?
Belgium sounds like a silly place.
Three official languages
French, German and Grand Duchy of Fenwickese?
as my Flemish wife says, Belgium is leftover Royal crap
(Just kidding, btw. BELGIANS like Czechs and a few others Barry hasn’t managed to infuriate are good friends of America.)
Mark Steyn’s parents are Luft-Walloons. Or Flems.
YES you are still bad LOL!
I like your wife opinion LOL!
Oh this ought to be good. My good friends wife is Flemish, he is Walloon.
are Luft Walloons the name for German-speaking Belgians?
So in the context of Belgium, Walloons speak French. I think it is pretty much standard French apart from a few differences in vocabulary (the Walloons have a proper word for "eighty" instead of saying "four twenties.")
while most Wallooons can speak French, several of the Walloon dialects are incomprehensible to a Francophone. The Walloon language is not even a dialect of French.
Flanders for the Phlegms.
Well now, the result of last week’s competition when we asked you to find a derogatory term for the Belgians.
Well, the response was enormous and we took quite a long time sorting out the winners.
There were some very clever entries. Mrs Hatred of Leicester Said ‘let’s not call them anything, let’s just ignore them’ ... and a Mr St John of Huntingdon said he couldn’t think of anything more derogatory than Belgians.
But in the end we settled on three choices:
number three ... the Sprouts , sent in by Mrs Vicious of Hastings... very nice ;
number two..... the Phlegms ... from Mrs Childmolester of Worthing;
but the winner was undoubtedly from Mrs No-Supper-For-You from Norwood in Lancashire... Miserable Fat Belgian Bastards.
I’m just going by what the Field Marshall says.
‘99 Luft-walloons, sitting in my living room
There’s old Franz and little Dinah
And Big Ned in my recliner’
I would like to take a moment from cat-confusing to thank the Walloons, Flemish, and the little French & German dwarves in the machine workshop who made my Browning Hi-power.
It is a fine piece.
Now. Get out of my comfy recliner, Ned, or I shall taunt you a second time as a wiper of animal food troughs and have the Walloons boil your bottom along with other unpleasant things you would rather avoid, hear me now and believe me later, a ha!
According to Wikipedia, Peter Minuit was a Walloon.
Bastogne is in the area that historically spoke Walloon, but I don't know what the Walloon word is for "nuts."
“...are Luft Walloons the name for German-speaking Belgians?”
I believe earlier this evening I heard a report of some comments Barack Obama had on the Belgium election. I think the gist of his comments were that the Luft Walloons were Austrian-speaking Belgiums.
Perhaps the CIA’s Afghanistan station chief told him that.
Walloons and Flemmings ?
Maybe the CIA guide to Belgium has the information.