belgium01Compromis [pron. com-pro-mih] both in meaning and spelling, is the same in Flemish and French.

The practice is complicated, political and to the outsider, impossible (pronounced with French inflection).

Compromis is "where words and actions give the appearance of national co-operation and support to conceal the pursuit of a regional agenda…"

'Stay around your own church.' Belgian aphorism.

"Most Flemish people don't like Brussels, and want nothing to do with the city. And they're not interested in finding out about the city." Belgian film director, Marc Didden. [Flanders Today, April 2009]