Belgian crisis deepens.No one seems to be laughing anymore about the jocular joc·u·lar
1. Characterized by joking.
2. Given to joking.
[Latin iocul September 20, 2007 posting on eBay offering Belgium for sale. The country was put up on eBay for auction by a Belgian who was protesting the fact that since the June 2007 elections, Belgium's 11 political parties have yet to form a government.
Problem: No coalition, no government action. The caretaker government caretaker government n → gobierno provisional
caretaker government n (Brit) → gouvernement m intérimaire
caretaker government has almost no power at all. The country is--effectively--without a government.
The issue at hand is that activists in the north of the country, who are mainly Dutch speaking Flemings (until 1830 Belgium was part of the Netherlands) and activists in the southern part of the country, mostly French speaking Walloons, want to split Belgium in two.
At first, no one thought the crisis was terribly serious. But now, nearly five months after the elections with talks dragging on, the crisis is deepening.
At least, Belgium's consumer confidence numbers provide support for the idea that Belgians are worried. For the first six months of 2007, that is through the election month of June 2007, the component of the confidence index relating specifically to the financial situation of Belgian households, averaged 4.9 points.
From August 2007 through October 2007, household financial sentiment was at 2.5 points--just about cut in half.
Far worse were the results of the Belgian National Bank's (NBB NBB Nationale Bank van Belgie
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The consumer confidence index Consumer Confidence Index
A measure of consumer views regarding the current economic situation and consumer expectations for the future. Information for the index is compiled and released on the last Tuesday of each month by the Conference Board, an itself was negative 2.o points in both August 2007 and September 2007, and moved up to negative 1.0 in October 2007.
Even if Belgium does manage to disappear, it is unlikely that the surviving entities will suffer devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. economic harm. But as October 9, 2007 commentary in the Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times
Morning daily newspaper. Established in 1881, it was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis (1837–1917) under The Times-Mirror Co. (the hyphen was later dropped from the name). asks, if Belgium, the capital of the European Union The European Union does not have a de jure capital in the legal sense. However, many people accept a few cities in Europe as its de facto capital cities. Locations of the main institutions of the European Union
TO REMAIN UNITED, BELGIUM NEEDS TO ADDRESS ITS CULTURAL SCHISM
The population growth rate for Belgium is slightly above the regional average, due in part to a birth rate of 11 per thousand inhabitants
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Belgium's population reached 26-million people mid-2007, which amounted to just under 6.0 percent of Western Europe's 187-million inhabitants. According to data released by the Population Reference Bureau The Population Reference Bureau is a non-governmental organization in the United States, founded in 1929 by Guy Irving Burch, with support of Raymond Pearl. It provides information about demography. (PRB PRB Pharmaceutical Resources Branch ), Belgium's population will stay at 11-million through 2025. Also, according to that source, Belgium will still have a population of 11-million people in 2050.
The PRB revealed that an overwhelming 97 percent of Belgium's population lived in urban areas during 2007, and that the country's population density is a high 893 people per square mile. Belgium is somewhat bigger than Haiti in land area, and Belgium has about 2.5-million more inhabitants. The CIA's World Factbook, indicates that 17 percent of Belgium's population was birth to 14 years old in 2006, while 66 percent was 15 to 64 years old, and 17 percent of the populace was 65 years of age and over.
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(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy). estimates that the country's population growth rate was 0.12 percent in 2007. According to the United Nations Population Division, in the year 2050, 14 percent of Belgium's population will be birth to 14 years old, while 50 percent will be aged 15 to 59, and 36 percent of the populace will be 60 years of age and over.