Now that I'm back in the United States, I'm happy to report that Belgium seems to function just fine despite near-paralysis of federal politics over bitter disputes between francophone Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders. But it does lead to some amusing levels of inefficiency. For example, here near the heart of the Brussels tourist district is an information office trying to convince people to leave town and go visit some Flemish towns:
And directly across the street is the rival information office trying to convince people to leave town and go visit some Walloon towns instead:
That's how it goes.
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