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  Politics of Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Constitution of Belgium was established on February 7, 1831.
His main political function is to designate a political leader to form a new cabinet after an election or the resignation of a cabinet.
Belgium is a highly unionized country, and organized labor is a powerful influence in politics.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_Belgium   (3867 words)

 Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Belgium is one of the few countries that has compulsory voting, thus having one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the world.
Belgium is composed of the five northern Dutch-speaking provinces of Flanders, the five southern French-speaking provinces of Wallonia (the German-speaking Community is located in the province of Liège along the German border) and the bilingual Capital Region of Brussels.
Mirroring the historical political conflicts between the freethought and Catholic segments of the population, the Belgian educational system in each communities is split into a laïque branch controlled by the communities, the provinces, or the municipalities, and a subsidised religious—mostly Catholic—branch controlled by both the communities and the religious authorities—usually the dioceses.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Belgium   (4054 words)

 Belgium. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Belgium is bordered on the N by the Netherlands and the North Sea, on the E by Germany and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and on the W and SW by France.
Belgium was occupied by the French during the French Revolutionary Wars and transferred from Austria to France by the Treaty of Campo Formio (1797).
All of Belgium except a small strip in West Flanders, which served as a battle front throughout the war (see, e.g., Ypres), was conquered by Oct. 10, 1914, and the people suffered under a harsh occupation regime.
www.bartleby.com /65/be/Belgium.html   (1928 words)

 Wikinfo | Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Belgium (België in Dutch, Belgique in French, and Belgien in German) is a small country located in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.
Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830 and was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.
Belgium became a first-tier member of the Euro, the single European currency, in January 1999 and the Belgian franc was completely replaced by euro coins and banknotes in early 2002.
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 Belgium - InfoSearchPoint.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Belgium (België in Dutch, Belgique in French, and Belgien in German) is a small country located in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.
In Belgium the main religion is Roman Catholicism, which consists of between 75 and 80% of the Belgian population.
Belgium is ranked as number 1 in the world classification of exports per capita.
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 BELGIUM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Belgium is a country in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.
Belgium is at a cultural crossroad between Germanic Europe and Romance Europe, which is reflected in its complex institutions and political history.
Belgium is divided into three communities, the Flemish community, the French-speaking community and the German-speaking community, and in three regions: Brussels, Flanders, and Wallonia.
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 Belgium (02/06)
Belgium is divided ethnically into the Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons, the 70,000 residents of the eastern German cantons, and the bilingual capital of Brussels.
A postwar phenomenon in Belgium was the emergence of linguistic-based parties, which were formed to defend the cultural, political, and economic interests of one of the linguistic groups or regions of Belgian society.
Belgium supported the expansion of NATO and EU membership to the new democracies of central and eastern Europe and is actively engaged in the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2874.htm   (5718 words)

 Belgium - Uncyclopedia
Also, the king of Belgium is required by popular mandate to be regularly serviced by Asian prostitutes, with a severe spanking from the crown prince being the punishment for non-compliance.
Belgium seems to be the hideout of dark creatures from the underworld, people like Cliff Blessinski, Poirot and Saddam Hussein (of whom is said he got caught in Belgium).
Outside Belgium, Urbanus is mostly remembered for the Reformations of 1713 and for mooning the Council of Tollembeek.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Belgium   (1410 words)

 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Country Profiles
Belgium is a country of beaches (it has around 65km of sandy beaches); fertile farmland; forests; plateaus valleys; and cities.
Belgium’s external trade is concentrated within the EU: 77.2% of its exports are to EU partners, and 73.7% of imports are from the EU.
Belgium has dozens of carnivals during the year, including those in Binche and Stavelot in which local people dress in various traditional costumes and parade through the streets, and the CAT Festival in Ieper.
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 Belgium : History and Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At the Congress of Vienna, in 1815, Belgium (The Southern Netherlands) and the
The political scene is also dominated by economic problems and increased internationalisation.
Belgium played an important role in the creation of the Belgian Luxembourg Economic Union, the Benelux and the European Union.
www.btigerlily.net /BTBelgiumHistoryandPolitics.html   (596 words)

 Belgium - Gurupedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Belgium (België in Dutch, Belgique in French, and Belgien in German) is a country in
Belgium was one of the first countries to adopt the euro, the single European currency, in January 1999 and the Belgian
Belgium is well represented in the world of sport, football (soccer) being very popular.
www.gurupedia.com /b/be/belgium.htm   (2549 words)

 Belgium - Psychology Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Belgium, with an area of 30,528 km², has three main geographical regions: the coastal plain in the north-west, the central plateau, and the Ardennes uplands in the south-east.
Image:Ougree 16.jpg Belgium was the first continental European country to undergo the Industrial Revolution, in the early 1800s.
Belgium's "rainbow" coalition sworn in, BBC News, 12 July, 1999
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Belgium   (4053 words)

 Belgium on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Political divisions fall into three main groups-Christian Democrats, Liberals, and Socialists-each of these again divided into political parties constituted along linguistic lines.
A final Dutch-Belgian peace treaty was signed in 1839, and the "perpetual neutrality" of Belgium was guaranteed by the major powers, including Prussia, at the London Conference of 1838-39.
Experts praise Belgium's innovative promotion of gender equality, urge coordination of action by country's federated bodies - part 1 of 2.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/B/Belgium.asp   (2306 words)

 MSN Encarta - Further Reading - Belgium
The experiences of Hortense Daman, a Belgian girl who joined the Resistance at the age of 13 and survived imprisonment at the Ravensbruck concentration camp.
A one-volume history of Belgium and The Netherlands.
Scholarly history of Belgium (1789-1900) and The Netherlands (1898-1948).
encarta.msn.com /readings_761567434/Belgium.html   (183 words)

 It's All Politics :: About Belgium and its sense of justice Discussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Laurette was born on 2 Oct 1958 in Ougrée (Belgium).
The French-speaking political circles still remind one of the goal set in 1996 by Laurette Onkelinx when she was Minister of Education for the French Community, “all of them to become bilingual (students) in 2001.” We are now in 2004 and are forced to admit that this target is far from having been achieved!
Political energies are spent on a never-ending and fruitless language feud rather than on more critical but less visible issues.
www.itsallpolitics.com /-vp20182.html   (4585 words)

 Belgium - Art History Online Reference and Guide
Belgium is composed of the 5 northern Dutch-speaking provinces of Flanders, the 5 southern French-speaking provinces of Wallonia and the Capital Region of Brussels.
Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liege, Bruges and Namur are the seven largest cities of Belgium, with populations above 100,000.
One example is the two so-called "school wars " ("Schoolstrijd" in Dutch, "guerres scolaires" in French) between liberals and Catholics which took place between 1879 and 1884 and between 1954 and 1958 respectively.
www.arthistoryclub.com /art_history/Belgium   (3228 words)

 Additional Reading (from Belgium) --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Spreading out from the southern shore of the North Sea is the small kingdom of Belgium, a historic buffer zone between Europe's Latin and Germanic civilizations.
Provides an overview of the federal state of Belgium besides discussing its investment and trade relations.
Belgium's capital city continues to display its traits as the age-old hub of western European trade.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-25006   (967 words)

 IRR: Belgium Extreme-Right politics
According to an intercultural exchange body which organises for families across Europe to accept foreign students on study trips abroad, the French-speaking south of Belgium is one of the most inhospitable regions.
Antiracists in Anvers were angry that Patrick Janssens, the socialist burgomaster of Anvers allowed neo-Nazis of the Droite Verte International to hold a demonstration in September 2004 whilst the same man banned anti-racists from holding a celebration 'living together against racism' in June.
A special report on Belgium has been issued by the European Commission Against racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Council of Europe's expert body on combating racism.
www.irr.org.uk /europebulletin/belgium/extreme_right_politics   (646 words)

 KADOC Studies 26   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Over time, the Vatican would exert a powerful impact on the shape of modern politics in Belgium, and on the segmentation of Belgian society along religious lines.
From a somewhat curious ecclesiastical court hopelessly entangled in the old spiderweb of the Papal States, the papacy became the instituion we know today, the leader of a "modern" Catholic opinion.
Belgium played a role of major importance in this fundamental transformation.
kadoc.kuleuven.be /eng/publications/s26.htm   (372 words)

 Government, Politics, Law: Belgium : Selected Internet Resources (Portals to the World, Library of Congress)
For a Library of Congress resource on Belgian law, consult the Belgium section of the Guide to Law Online, at the Global Legal Information Network site.
For each country, the site links to ministries and other national institutions, municipal institutions, diplomatic representations abroad, and political parties; with many links to additional resources.
Includes statistics, a brief glossary of parliamentary terms, the Belgian constitution, live and recorded video broadcasts of the Chamber's sessions (archived from 2002 to the present), the naturalization process, and links to major political parties and regional parliaments.
www.loc.gov /rr/international/european/belgium/resources/be-government.html   (463 words)

 Economy and Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As pointed out in the culture section, Belgium is divided in three regions, 10 provinces, and 589 communes based upon language and culture.
The paradox of Belgium's strength out of weakness is evident with the country's immersion into the EU.
It is Belgium's total immersion into the EU that gives Brussels' claim to being an international city, the capital of the EU.
international.fullerton.edu /belgium/economy_and_politics1.htm   (667 words)

 Belgium Breeding Ground for Terrorists
They consider Molenbeek not as a part of Belgium anymore but as an Islamic enclave where they make the rules as in an Islamic state and where Belgians are not welcome.
For them Belgium is a safe harbor where they can plan with very few risk all sorts of attacks and activities abroad.
The country's politics are ruled by the Wallons because of the majority, but the money is in the Flanders area; therefore Brussels is fighting any move for this to happen.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1363181/posts   (956 words)

 OUP: Women, Work, and Politics: Hilden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This is a study of the working women of Belgium from the country's independence in 1830 until the First World War.
Women not only participated in male-led politics, but also created and led their own `women's movements', first during the `anarchist' period of the First International, then during the organization of socialist politics after 1880.
Dr Hilden's extensively researched analysis indicates the extent to which the economic and political activities of Belgium's ouvrières and arbeidsters mirrored their small country's many deviations from historical patterns prevalent elsewhere.
www.oup.co.uk /isbn/0-19-822883-X   (400 words)

 West European Politics: Belgium stays 'purple': the 2003 federal election.(Elections in Context)@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
West European Politics: Belgium stays 'purple': the 2003 federal election.(Elections in Context)@ HighBeam Research
Belgium stays 'purple': the 2003 federal election.(Elections in Context)
The 2003 election was above all interesting because it gave the electorate the opportunity to give its verdict on the outgoing coalition, a unique experiment for Belgium.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:117772421&refid=holomed_1   (221 words)

 Omniseek: /Politics /Parties /Belgium
My interest in Belgium comes from having lived there happily for five years (1992-1997).
Belgium and the Belgian people were most hospitable hosts to me, and I consider the country (and Leuven, the town where I lived) almost as my second home.
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 Telegraph | News | Right-wing party threatens to abolish Belgium
Each year, the Dutch-speaking majority in the north pay a bigger share of GDP to subsidise their former masters in Wallonia than the west Germans transfer to their cousins in the eastern Lander.
Mr Dewinter intends to put a stop to this by abolishing Belgium, which was created by Lord Palmerston in the early 1830s, against the wishes of both tribes.
The Blok has risen so far, so fast, from its murky origins in Waffen SS nostalgia that it could become the biggest Flemish party in tomorrow's election, shattering the cosy coalitions that have run Belgium for half a century and slavishly followed Paris in European Union politics.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/05/17/wbelg17.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/05/17/ixworld.html   (777 words)

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