Cyprus: The Belgian ‘Tool Box’ Revisited
Bi-ethnic Belgium has skillfully developed cooperation and concertation arrangements which meet even the EU's rigid “one voice" requirement, taking into consideration the continuing increase in the Powers and function of its regions and communities. Belgium consequently offers a huge box of tools, particularly to bi-ethnic or multi ethnic partnership states Probably the most distinguishing differences between Cyprus and Belgium are the chronic conflictual relationship between the two ex-partner peoples of Cyprus and the absence there of a common vision of co-existence and equal power sharing. If the two sides in Cyprus could be incentivized enough to sincerely opt for equal partnership, the Belgian multi-tier governance experience, despite some significant differences between the two lands, could still otter some practical lessons from which eager parties in Cyprus could benefit.
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