Monday, 14 June 2010

A mixed bag

On the back of Geert Wilder's nationalist Dutch Freedom Party on the verge of government last week, surely it can only be a matter of time before the artificial Belgian state falls into history and the Flemish and Walloons can follow their destinies into their ethnic homelands. In yesteday's Belgian parliamentary elections the New Flemish Alliance (Niew-Vlaams Alliante) - a centre-right 'civic-nationalist' grouping became the largest party, grabbing 27 seats.

However, if the end result is and autonomous Flanders and Wallonia or a Greater Netherlands (as some Flems want) and a Wallonian union with France, it will be a Pyrrhic victory for secessionists, decentralists and autonomists if these fledgling homelands remain shackled to the EU!

It was a bad night for the ethno-nationalist (that is true nationalism) Vlaams Belang seeing its parliamentary representation down to 12 seats from 17 with 500,000 votes down from 800,000. However the VB's record displays a certain bouncebackability!

Over in Slovakia on Saturday the nationalist Slovak National Party had it a bit tough in the elections to the country's National Council. It lost 11 seats to end up with nine, with a vote of 128,000. Meanwhile, the Most-Hid party, which seeks to represent the interests of Slovkia's half a million strong, mainly southern based Hungarian minority (the result of early 20th century carve ups) accrued 205,000 votes, eclipsing a long established rival Hungarian grouping. For this they were rewarded with 14 seats.

Although Most-Hid do not seek union with the Hungarian Motherland, or full secession from Slovkia - this strong showing points the way for greater autonomy in the future for this ethnic group. Maybe in the not too distant future a movement for full Hungarian sovereignty will develop in this part of the world.

Tribalists do no want to see ethnic violence anywhere at any time. But as tribalism is based on natural human instinct and is ingrained in all peoples, it is sometimes manifested as red in tooth and claw. The current ethnic strife in Kyrgyzstan, which has resulted in tragedy for both the Kyrgys and the Uzbek minority, can only ultimately be rectified by autonomy and self-determination for the Uzbeks. As the Uzbeks are based mainly in the south, one remedy could be found in semi-autonomy here leading to (if popular will is behind it) eventual union with neighbouring Uzbekistan. Good fences make for good neighbours.