Political Conflict In Belgium: The Political Crisis

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Register to read the introduction… The linguistic conflict dates back to the XIX century, and the division of the country in three regions was done in 1932 with the following rules: French would be the official language in Wallonia, German in the region on Eupen and Saint-Vith, Dutch would be the official language in Flanders and only the city of Brussels, surrounded by Flemish territory would be declared bilingual. This linguistic conflict adds up to the current difference in the economies of both regions (Flanders has a stronger economy and a lower unemployment rate), meaning and even more complex negotiation.
As It was previously mentioned, the fact that in the current economic crisis both parties started to feel like it was a lose-lose situation to keep the negotiations instead of reaching an agreement and bringing stability to the country made the process easier to resolve, but there is no guarantee that this will be a long-term stability since the different viewpoints about the future of Belgium are still
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In my opinion the best conflict management strategy for this case would be compromising. Compromising represents a moderate effort to pursue one’s own outcomes and a moderate effort to help the other party achieve their outcomes. By compromising the two communities would be able to get to a better situation than before – the Flemish community could get some of the economic reforms it demands and the French community could face the future with more certainty and without the fear of a possible division of the country – which would have negative consequence to the French speaking region, due to the lack of economic stability. Compromising will however be time consuming and might not be enough for the Flemish community, which has higher demands concerning reforms than the French community. The strategy used until now for solving this conflict was mainly problem solving and contending. Problem solving is time demanding and complex, since actors show concern for both their own outcomes and the other’s party outcome, in this case it led to negotiations taking too much time and to a situation where the country did not have a proper government for more than one year – a situation which both communities must be aware of, in order not to repeat it. Both communities should feel the incentive to compromise in order to prevent the negative speculation about the split of the country which is damaging for both regions’ economies – which in the current economic crisis in a major

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