Wednesday Kris Peeters, the Prime Minister of Flanders, opened the Flanders House in New York (FHNY).
The Flanders House will make Flanders (the Dutch speaking part of Belgium) less dependent on the diplomatic infrastructure of thee Belgian state in the USA.
"The Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters (Christian democrat) on Wednesday officially opened Flanders House. The office will serve as a quasi embassy for Flanders in the Big Apple."
Defense and foreign policy are the most essential constituent parts of any political entity. This attempt by Flanders to by-pass the Belgian State shows the determination of the Flemish to become souvereign.