Wilders wants Netherlands to unite with Flanders

13th May 2008, Comments 4 comments

Freedom Party leader wants The Netherlands and Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of neighbouring Belgium to become one nation.

13 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS- Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders wants The Netherlands and Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of neighbouring Belgium, to become one nation.

He says that Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende should approach his Belgian counterpart Yves Leterme about the idea.

Wilders believes that Flanders has more in common with the Netherlands than with the Walloon provinces, and says that the Dutch-speaking Flemings are completely fed up with their French-speaking compatriots.

He says The Netherlands would also benefit economically from unity with Flanders, thanks to the port of Antwerp, and Zaventem, Brussels' international airport. The Freedom party leader also approves of the Belgian educational system and  lower tax rates.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

4 Comments To This Article

  • Jaap de Raad posted:

    on 20th May 2008, 12:00:44 - Reply

    Belgium is a country that was cobbled together artificially. The solution proposed by 'Ihaterain' makes sense.
  • mike ball posted:

    on 17th May 2008, 18:31:39 - Reply

    Brussels should return to Flanders. Result: end of the EU; good riddance!
  • Ihaterain posted:

    on 15th May 2008, 18:50:34 - Reply

    No problem, just take it, the francophone part could be eaten by France, then make Brussels a special "International Free City" as the Capital of Europe. And of course let it be a Monaco-like tax haven. I guess all expats would agree with this. Problem solved, thank you. :-D
  • A. Cameron posted:

    on 14th May 2008, 18:12:45 - Reply

    Isn't that just typical of the Dutch!! So arrogant and insensitive they don't realise that most Flemish people would rather commit suicide than join Holland.