Pas De Vraie Dialogue? Bye Bye Belgium! (No True Dialogue? Bye Bye Belgium!)
L'Echo, December 2006
2 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2011
Date Written: December 15, 2006
In this Op Ed, we comment on how the debate following the TV show at RTBF on Bye Bye Belgium illustrates the deathness on both sides of the language divide. People argue from within their position without listening to the other side. Negotiation experts know that a true dialogue and solution may only be found if parties both listen with empathy to each other and assert their own interests clearly but with respect for the other side. This problem solving and collaborative attitude is lacking in the Belgian institutional context.
Note: Downloadable document is in French.
Keywords: Negotiation Theory, Belgium, Political crisis, conflict
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