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Belgium’s Ethnic Tension In order for a nation like Iraq, that is just beginning the process of democratization, to lay down a strong and lasting foundation in the midst of ethnic tension, a successful model is required. Belgium is a prime example of a country that overcame its many varied ethnic issues to proceed forward as a democratic state, and its progress can be attributed to Belgium’s federal structure. Belgium gained independence in 1830 and began ruling all of the Belgian people under a unitary government, wherein the national government cast a shadow over local interests. (FPS Foreign Affairs, 2002) The problem with this was that those in power, those who dictated the policy that affected all Belgians, were generally members of the majority “community” in Belgium. This unitary system didn’t take into effect the minority groups whose interests weren’t being accounted for by the national government.
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