Belgium (Modern World Nations) by George Wingfield

By George Wingfield

Mendacity at the coast of the North Sea in northwestern Europe, with Germany to its east, the Netherlands to its north and France to its south and west, Belgium is found on the middle of 1 of Europe's so much hugely industrialized areas. including its buddies the Netherlands and Luxembourg, this staff of 3 international locations is talked about jointly as Benelux. Belgium has a inhabitants of approximately 10 million humans in a space of 11,700 sq. miles (30,000 sq. kilometers) and comprises French, Dutch, and German as its authentic languages.Belgium was once one of many founding individuals of the ecu Union (EU), and Brussels is successfully the unofficial capital of Europe - domestic to the ecu Parliament of the ecu Union and the headquarters of NATO (of which Belgium and the USA are either individuals) in addition to a number of different foreign organisations. A full-color research of the background, humans, tradition, geography, setting, and economic system of this pivotal nation and function it performs in modern day international politics are highlighted in "Belgium".

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This division results in five ­Dutch-­speaking and five ­French-­speaking electoral districts and the bilingual electoral district of ­Brussels-­Halle-­Vilvoorde. Government and Politics With the rise of linguistic problems in the 1960s, each of the three main political parties split into French- or ­Dutch-­speaking parties. Today all party candidates are exclusively Dutch or French speaking and representatives are not active in both communities. Pictured are Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde casting their votes in the 2007 general ­elections.

Most of the ­Dutch-­speaking north came under the influence of France, and the ­French-­speaking south was ruled by the German Holy Roman ­Empire. DOMINANCE BY OTHER EUROPEAN ­POWERS During the latter part of the fourteenth century, the lands that are now the Netherlands and ­Belgium—­the Low ­Countries— ­fell into the hands of the powerful dukes of Burgundy. This meant that they were to become caught up in the long struggle between England and France known as the Hundred Years’ War (1337 to 1453).

Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led Allied forces in Belgium Through Time Europe during World War II. He was appointed in 1950 and immediately set up his Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) command in Paris, ­France. The treaty members had been galvanized into action by the Korean War (1950 to 1953). The world political scene was soon dominated by the Cold War standoff between the United States, with its European allies, and the Soviets who were allied with Communist China.

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