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Charlemagne | Europe makes peace with nationalism |

Charlemagne | Europe makes peace with nationalism |

"Europe makes peace with nationalism

Mar 27th 2008

Even in a border-free Europe, everyone wants a homeland

Illustration by Claudio Munoz

NOT just Belgium, but (supposedly) the entire European Union sighed with relief this week when a new Belgian government got to work—ending nine months of squabbling among the political parties. To Euro-enthusiasts in Brussels, their host country's failure to form a government after last June's election was alarming. The argument is that Belgium matters because it is a model for Europe, with a complex federal system (the country boasts six governments and parliaments) designed to share power between three regions and three linguistic communities (Dutch-, French- and German-speakers). And if small, wealthy Belgium cannot make federalism work, how can the EU?"

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