Ever since the creation of Belgium in 1830, the multilingualism of its population has posed a constant challenge to the policymakers. The current language laws illustrate the creative compromises which Belgium is so famous for. Nevertheless, the agree- ments made still offer food for political debate, especially with regard to Brussels and the Vlaamse Rand. Even the large international community in that area has difficulty sometimes in comprehending the situation. In addition, the domestic policy of the Fle- mish Government in the Rand already made the international press a number of times. Hendrik Vuye, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Namur, guides you through the Belgian linguistic conflict in a comprehensible way. He takes us back to the moment Leopold I takes the oath. Or how it should have happened in a Belgium that was supposed to be bilingual, according to some. From that moment on, Vuye guides the reader through the language-political history of the country. In doing so, he tries to clear up a number of persistent misunderstandings.