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Republic of Eupen-Malmedy
Republik Eupen-Malmed; Republique d'Eupen-Malmédy
Timeline: Scotland says "Yes"
OTL equivalent: German-speaking Community of Belgium
Coat of arms
Location of Eupen-Malmedy (dark green) within Flenebrulux (light green) and the European Union (Grey).
Official languages German, French
Regional Languages Dutch, Luxembourgish
Demonym Eupen-Maledian
Government Unitary Presidential Republic
 -  Minister-President Oliver Paasch
 -  Vice-Minister-President Isabelle Weykmans
 -  Speaker Karl-Heinz Lambertz
Legislature Parliament
 -  Dissolution of Belgium 2015 
 -  Total 854 km2 
330 sq mi 
 -  2016 census 76,090 
 -  Density 7025/km2 
18,194.7/sq mi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 -  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Date formats dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the Right

Eupen-Malmedy (Eupen-Malmédy), officially the Republic of Eupen-Malmedy (German: Republik Eupen-Malmedy) is a nation in the Low Countries, which includes nine of th eleven municipalities known as the East Cantons (German: Ost-Kantone). It gained independence in 2015.

It has a minor border with the Netherlands to its North, borders the German State of Rhineland-Palatine to the West, Luxembourg to the South, and the French region of Wallonia to the West.


Eupen-Malmedy area and other German territories lost in both World Wars are shown in black, present-day Germany is marked dark grey on this 1914 map.

The area today known as the Eat Cantons were part of the Rhine Province of Prussia in Germany until 1920, but were annexed by Belgium following Germany's defeat in World War I, thus becoming known as the cantons rédimés, the "redeemed cantons". However, those wishing to remain in Germany were required to register themselves and their full details with the Belgian military administration, but feared reprisals or even explusion. During the 1920's there were secret negoitions between Germany and Belgium about selling the region back to Germany, but the French government persuaded Brussels not too.

However, after little more than 20 years as Belgian territory, in 1940 they were retaken by Germany in World War II, which was welcomes by the majority. However, following Germany's defeat in 1945 and the return of the region to Belgium, many were accused of collaboration with Nazi Germany, and attempts were made to 'de-Germanize' the territory by Belgian and Walloon authorities.

In the 1960's, Belgium was divided into four linguistic areas, Dutch-speaking Flanders, French-speaking Wallonia, bilingual Brussels, and German-speaking parts of the cantons, and the Parliament of the German-speaking Community was set up, and slowly gained autonomy.


With the 21st Century, it looked like the German-speaking Community would continue on its path of further autonomy. However, in 2015 Flanders began to push for their own independence; it took little to set in motion the collapse of the Belgian state. Whilst at first it looked like the community would be forced to join Wallonia, joint efforts by the German-speaking Community, the Belgian province of Luxembourg, and the Principality of Luxembourg, allowed for the community to have a place in the talks. Fearing, rightly so, that staying with Wallonia would result in annexation then to France, the state then looked for alternative arrangements. Fearing annexation to Germany would have a similar loss of autonomy, full annexation to Luxembourg, which holds strong economic links with the region (many commute between the two daily), it was eventually agreed that the German-speaking Community would become an independent sovereign state, with the ability to later accede to either Luxembourg or Germany.


The Government of Eupen-Malmedy is appointed for five years by the unicameral parliament, which itself is elected every five years. The Government is headed by the Minister-President, who is assisted by the Ministry of Malmedy-Eupen.

Political Parties

  • Christian Social Party (CSP) (Centre)
  • Party for Freedom and Progress (PFF) (Centre-Right)
  • ProDG (Centre)

2016 Election

The current government, was formed in 2016, from the former 2014 Government, and is headed by Oliver Paasch (ProDG), Minister-President and Minister for Local Government. It was called after independence, and returned similar results to the former parliament.

Administrative Regions

Eupen-Malmedy consists of nine municpalities:

Muncipality Region

Population (2015)

Area (km2)
Amel Eifel 5,511 125.15
Büllingen Eifel 5,503 150.49
Burg-Reuland Eifel 3,955 108.96
Bütgenbach Eifel 5.609 97.31
Eupen Eupen 19,122 103.74
Kelmis Eupen 10,897 18.12
Lontzen Eupen 5,627 28.73
Raeren Eupen 10,551 74.21
St. Vith Belgian Eifel 9,553 146.93

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