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  1. Tijgy

    Catalan thread continued

    The history of the Belgian State Structure or the structure itself is quite complicated. But Belgium has a parallel federal structure with three regions (competent for agriculture, ...) and three communities (competent for education, ...). The three regions are Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels - each territorial competent for the territory of the region. The three communities are the Flemish, French-speaking and the German-speaking. The German-speaking community is territorial competent for the nine German-speaking communities, the Flemish community for Flanders, The French-speaking community for Wallonia with exclusion of the nine German-speaking communities and both the Flemish community and the French-speaking community for Brussels. Map The Flemish Parliament is actually the Parliament of the Flemish Community. (IIRC) The Flemish Region doesn't have a Parliamant. It was decided the Parliament of the Flemish Community could exercise the competences of the Flemish Region; only the MEP's from the Brussels' Region doesn't have a vote in the decision-making process. To conclude, the Parliament is located in part of its territory. And they chose Brussels to preserve the old link between Brussels and the Flemish - Brussels actually used to be a Flemish city although to say it still is would be a lie IMHO. Nevertheless, although the number of the Flemish living in Brussels really declined (less than 10 % while they used to the majority), there are still Flemish there like my grandmother, my parents grew up there, a lot of Flemish work there, ... so the city is still very important for the Flemish.
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    Catalan thread continued

    If EU takes any side, it should be on the respect of human rights. IMO They are in this case refusing to do this. The problem with the right of self-determination (which is in fact a human right - of the third generation) is that it is mostly recognized only for ex-colonies and not for regions in Europe although those regions were never really been able to decide if they wanted to be part of the current nations. IMO the EU should protect it's citizens, like the rights of the Catalans regarding their right to free speech, and not the Member States. But the fact it doesn't actually shows (again) the democratic deficit of the Union. Anyway, they were able to visit - according to me - the most important parliament in Brussels - Brussels has eight parliaments (Federal (Chamber and Senate), Flemish, French-speaking Community, Brussels Region, European and the three Councils of the three Community Commissions)
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    Catalan thread continued

    The EU shouldn't take a side. They are allowing VOX to held a conference in the Parliament: https://www.elnacional.cat/en/news/european-parliament-event-far-right-party-vox-catalonia_356364_102.html MEP's of the Parliament should be allowed to invite everyone they want to their Parliamant; even if they would embarrass an EU Member State. Spain cannot tell to MEP's representing Belgian/Flemish what they should or shouldn't do.
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    Catalan thread continued

    Yes. Read an article about it in the Flemish press (https://www.demorgen.be/buitenland/puigdemont-en-torra-halen-uit-naar-europees-parlement-democratie-europa-staat-op-het-spel-b0443de4/).
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    Catalan thread continued

    Hahaha, the Speaker of the Flemish Parliamant did something: Hahaha I am not sure Spain and the EU is going to laugh about it, but it is kind of funny that the Speaker of Flemish Parliament is demanding the President of the EU Parliament to explain his position in the Flemish Parliament.
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    Catalan thread continued

    I heard they asked even to arrest Puidgemont
  7. Tijgy

    International News Thread

    Apparently the Belgian government might have given the permission to give - against international law - interests of a sum of 16 billion euros to militias in Libya. The reportage in French: https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_questions-a-la-une?id=2459938 (not sure if the link works outside of Belgium).
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    Catalan thread continued

    The whole interview can be found in this link: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/02/12/catalaanse-vertegenwoordiger-bij-eu-vanuit-buitenland-kunnen-w/ First video (I am not completely sure it can be viewed from outside Belgium/Europe). The other ones are in Dutch (one of representatives of the Flemish Nationalists in the Flemish Parliament; and apparantly a friend of a minister Tony(?)
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    Catalan thread continued

    Here is a part of the interview The interview itself is in English.
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    Catalan thread continued

    Our news in Flanders is very pro-Catalan... with an interview of the family of Fordacell. And we will have later this evening one of your old ministers on the television.
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    most tragic character

    Aeron The Damphair (together with Jeyne Poole) A man turned into a fundamentalist to escape the pains of abuse he suffered by his brother.
  12. I think I was sent back like ten times? To be honest, that got annoying really quickly? But this might have been because I never chose to go the credits but try again I still didn't go to the ending where you got five stars. For me, it was a bit too meta which didn't make it anymore very entertaining.
  13. It gets really weird when you chose for Netflix Hello, I am controlling you
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    International News Thread

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/world/europe/right-wing-migration-belgium-collapse.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur RIP Michel II - Government of ten days Or why it is not smart to push the biggest party of the country out of your government
  15. What did he say? Because it is unavailable (for me at least)
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