Belgium is located in Western Europe, and it shares a border with several countries, namely Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France. It is also situated next to the North Sea. Its population is nearly 12 million. It is a relatively small nation in terms of land area and population size...
Belgium is located in Western Europe, and it shares a border with several countries, namely Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and France. It is also situated next to the North Sea. Its population is nearly 12 million. It is a relatively small nation in terms of land area and population size compared to the other nations in Europe, and therefore it has never really sought to dominate the affairs of or conquer other countries throughout its recent history. However, its cultural communities are diverse. The citizens speak German, French, and Dutch.
Its diversity has led to the creation of political and special interest groups which represent these different cultural communities. Christian Democrats, Liberals, and Social Democrats embody most of the mosaic of electoral factions within the country. These factions have domains in various policy areas that affect governing, such as education, health care, and foreign policy. Yet, despite this division, the country has a rather homogeneous population. Most of its residents are Belgian citizens. But, in recent years, foreigners have begun to exercise more influence within the borders of the country and have become a greater portion of the population.
While European unification has been a significant force in recent years, and it has provided some stability to the economic and social fabric of Western Europe, there are inherent problems within Belgium that plague its existence. The biggest hurdle to overcome on the path toward unification within Belgium is undoubtedly trying to bring together a coalition of political parties which control different policy domains to work toward common objectives for the advancement of the Belgian economy and infrastructure, education, and healthcare. Belgians remain confident and hopeful for the future. They see progress due to efforts of the EU nations surrounding them, which do not want to see the country torn apart.