Belgium was a pioneer of industrialization, and class struggle by its workers’ movement created one of Europe’s most impressive welfare states. But with regional divisions now dominating Belgian politics, the country’s long-term survival is deeply uncertain.
Anton Jäger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
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