Belgium Agrees to Stay Together

Wall Street Journal Today:

Belgium Nears Deal

BRUSSELS- Belgian leaders formally presented constitutional changes that move their country closer to a Swiss-style confederation, and said stabilizing the euro zone’s third-most indebted country helps address the Continents debt crisis.

After 485 days of talks, representatives of Dutch-language Flanders, Francophone Wallonia and multilingual Brussels on Tuesday said they have agreed to give regional governments new responsibilities from setting speed limits to paying state child allowances.

“It’s as if the U.S. federal government turned over bunch of its powers to the states,” said Andre Flahaut, president of the Belgian Parliament.

We’ve allowed him to misapprehend the U.S. federal model. The people of the states gave powers to the federal government at the Founding.


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