Belgium and the Netherlands, two founding members of the European Union, are increasingly divided about what that project now means. The EU's reform treaty is now the focus of that dispute, but its roots go deeper. At one point, according to press reports, the row became so serious that the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, had to intervene.
Playing complementary roles
It's high time Belgium and the Netherlands put emotions aside and reviewed their differences on the future course of European integration
Europe cannot afford a dogfight between these two founding member states, so it's high time to put emotions aside and review their differences on the future course of European integration. As a former Dutch state secretary for European affairs and Benelux coordinator, I believe that the Netherlands and Belgium can once again play complementary roles.
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