Perhaps the citizens in Belgium do not have enough in common any more and Flemish and Walloons would be better off divorced. But one hopes not. Divorces are never painless. And ethnic nationalism unleashes emotions that are almost always undesirable. We know what happened when the twin pulls of blood and soil determined European politics before. Without having intended it, the European Union now seems to be encouraging the very forces that postwar European unity was designed to contain"
Los Angeles Times, 29 juillet