Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianisation of Europe

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Offers a history of the monarchy of Belgium, a country artificially created in 1817. This book argues that the pan-European super-state resembles a 'Greater-Belgium' rather than a 'Greater-Switzerland'.

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"This extremely well-written, penetrating historical analysis warns that the EU is heading the way of Belgium – towards a corrupt, corporatist, coercive construct devoid of national consciousness or cohesion. The urgent lesson for Britain? Shun the latest constitution like a poisoned Belgian chocolate!"

(Lord (Ralph) Harris)

"An unusual blend of history, analysis and warning... Belien is to be congratulated not only on his courage and erudition, but also on his writing skills."

(Gerald Frost Eurofacts)

"An important, relevant, well-researched and an extremely readable book which should be paid attention to by the citizens of EU member states, and those wishing to understand how such a monstrosity came into being."

(Free Republic)

"It must never be forgotten that the Belgian royal family are Coburgs, with all the larger-than-life qualities and failings that Coburgs possess. This is a fascinating book after which I cannot but see the Belgian royal family in a completely new light."

(Hugo Vickers)

"A fascinating account of the lives of the six Belgian kings... this thoroughly researched book explains how Belgian political attitudes have infected those of the European Union."

(Philip Claeys, MEP Right Now!)

"Paul Belien writes with ease and erudition, and mounts an unanswerable case not only against the Belgian state, but also against the European institutions that have been built on it and infected with its incurable disease. The warning contained in this book is simple: hold fast to your national identity, you nations of Europe, or else dissolve, like Belgium, in a sea of corruption and despair."

(Roger Scruton)

"Most Belgians are in favour of the EU constitution, but dissenters have a new mouthpiece. A controversial new book by Paul Belien, a Belgian academic and journalist, argues that there are strong, unflattering similarities between the country and the EU. In A Throne in Brussels: Britain, the Saxe-Coburgs and the Belgianisation of Europe, Dr Belien's thesis is that both are artificial constructs: failed attempts to construct a nation out of different peoples with different languages and traditions. Both Brussels and the EU, he argues, are doomed to fail and ultimately break-up. Such subversive ideas have made him something of a hero among British Eurosceptics, but have placed him beyond the pale in his native Belgium..."

(The Economist)

"Consistently shocking... Mr. Belien tells the story of this slimy dynasty with great gusto... lays out this bill of indictment very powerfully."

(John O'Sullivan American Spectator)

"If you plan to read only one book on foreign affairs in the next year, you should read Paul Belien's A Throne in Brussels."

(Thomas Fleming Chronicles)

"The Belgianisation of Europe is a real threat."

(Lord (William) Rees-Mogg)

"Paul Belien's thesis is very important... This is an excellent example of how history should be written."

(Merrie Cave Salisbury Review)

"Paul Belien has produced an eye-popping chronicle, far removed from the official version of history promoted by the Belgian state. It is meticulously researched and delightfully readable. If you read only one book on Belgium, make it this one."

(Daniel Hannan, MEP)

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