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Old 04-22-2010, 11:06 AM
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The goverment of Yves Leterme, prime minister since Herman Van Rompuy became European President, has resigned, because they are unable to solve the BHV problem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brussel_halle_vilvoorde
The King has not accepted yet.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:44 AM
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Direct Crown rule over the area in question, get it out of the hands of the government and ethnic divisions. A possibility or not?
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:59 PM
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Sigh..... I can add 2010 to the title now. Let's see how long it will take before there are elections and a new government has been formed. A pity that ' the plummer' (aka Jean-Luc Deheane) wasn't able to force a solutions, I can't see how a next government will be able to do it either.
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:32 PM
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I've followed Belgian politics since a was a child in the Fifties. My dad was in the Belgian Army (CMC), and some of my mum's relatives are also buried in what is now the German-speaking minority area.

The current debacle over a small bilingual area is nothing, compared with the - literally - bloody battles in the universities (e.g. Leuven/Louvain) in the Fifties and Sixties.

Belgium is often described a boring country, but nothing could be further from the truth.
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Old 04-24-2010, 02:45 PM
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I am saddened to learn about yet another government crisis. Hopefully the next government will do its best in addressing issues Belgium has.
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Old 04-27-2010, 12:03 PM
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Belgium's Minister Yves Leterme leaves his meeting with King Albert II
at Laken / Laeken royal castle in Brussels in April 27, 2010.
King Albert faced a narrow window on April 27 in which to find a miracle
man to forge a new government, or call elections widely seen as a threat
to its unified future. Princess Mathilde was present as well (pic 2 shows
her arrival).


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Old 04-27-2010, 01:14 PM
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So sorry but I have to ask: What's the local 'bookies' say about the longevity of the next government? Days, weeks, months or a year? It 'does look' to be a wild ride that the country is about to embark upon.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:31 PM
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King Albert II seems well respected by all sides in Belgium,the country is lucky to have him as head of state .
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I agree, An Ard Ri, but will the Belgians see it that way?

Added to the government crisis is the need to get Belgium ready for the Presidency of the EU Council from July.
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:33 PM
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yetsreday there were general elections in belgium and the king can start forming a new government. It will be a hard job though, as in Flanders a seperatist party won the elections (while in Wallonia it was the eternal Parti Socialiste).

From flandersnews.be:

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N-VA wins General Election

Mon 14/06/2010 - 10:48 Bart De Wever's Flemish nationalist party, the N-VA, is the big winner of Sunday's elections for the Federal Parliament. Mr De Wever's party picked up 27seats making the N-VA the largest party in Flanders and Belgium.

The N-VA favours Flemish independence, but acknowledges that this will not be achieved over night. It sees a confederal model as a staging post on the way to achieving this goal. Under the confederal model the two federated states decide for themselves what they still want to do together.
Something surprising happened in Belgium on Sunday: the pollsters got it right. The N-VA victory predicted in the polls materialised and the Flemish nationalists squeezed all other parties.
The biggest losses were incurred by Marianne Thyssen's Flemish Christian democrats and the far right Vlaams Belang.
Polling 27.8% of the popular vote across Flanders N-VA is by far the largest party in northern Belgium. It now has 27 seats (up 19) in the Chamber of Representatives.
Its nearest Flemish rival, the Flemish Christian democrats, polled 17.3% of the vote and now hold 17 seats (down 6). This is the worst ever score for Flemish Christian democracy.

Read the entire article here.


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The King is now involved in the daily exploratory discussions,
he receives politicians at the Laeken Royal Palace.

French-speaking liberal party (MR) President Didier Reynders leaving
a meeting with King Albert on June 15, 2010.

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Alexander De Croo, president of the Flemish liberal party (Open VLD)
leaving a meeting with King Albert on June 16, 2010.


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I take it from these pictures that the Belgian King takes an active role in making a new government and doesn't let the politicians solve it themseleves before stepping in?
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As I understood right, in the Flamish province a party had won the election, who wants to create an independent Flanders. Which form should this have? Monarchy? Which royal family should rule the country? Republic?
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I don't think they partiuculary care about the form of government, but it is unlikely that an independant Flanders will be a monarchy. The chairman of the party is usually rather sceptical about the RF.

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I think the role of the king of Belgium is somewhat simular to that of the Dutch queen. After the elections they invite all the party leaders one by one in their office. Among other things, they will discuss what coalition government is geting the most support. After that they appoint an 'informateur', who gets the fdifferent parties together for negotiations and such. If that works out the king will appoint a 'formateur', who will be more specific. If that is settled a government can be installed, but lately it is taking a long time to form any government (both in belgium as in my own country btw).
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Another disturbing development, chronicled by Le Figaro:

"One third of Belgians ready to become French"

http://plus.lefigaro.fr/note/one-third-of-belgian-walloons-ready-to-become-french-20100625-231862

"Twenty percent of Belgians fear their country is going to disappear"

"Ninety-six percent of Walloons say the situation is serious.... 32 % of Walloons in favour of the incorporation of Wallonia into France, if Belgium collapses".....67% refuse any kind of concession to the Flemish..."
....and so on.

From Le Figaro in English - original story in French:

Le Figaro - International : Un tiers des Wallon prêts à devenir Français

Sounds like the beginning of divorce proceedings... Will the King be marriage guidance counsellor??
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:37 PM
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Here’s an article on the latest state of affairs.
flandersnews.be: King Albert launches cooling-off period

King Albert II. is receiving party leaders today and tomorrow and on Saturday the politicians start their negotiations again. There was some sort of clash between the two mayor players, Elio di Rupo, francophone socialist leader and probably the next prime minister and Bart De Wever, chairman of the Flemish nationalist party but it looks like they sorted it out enough to carry on their negotiations.

And of course there are photographers doing their work at the fence of Laeken castle again.
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This is all very sad to me. I have always admired Belgium for being a small country that never acted her size and for standing on principle even in the face of certain defeat. Whenever I see the numbers of Flemish that want to go their own way and the number of Walloons that want to be part of France (and I don't think either group would be any happier as part of Holland or France) all I can think of is the pictures of those weary, mud-spattered but determined Belgian soldiers of World War I and World War II. This is not what they fought for and that so many people could give up on their country after all previous generations sacrificed to keep it, standing up not to contrary politicians but to massive invading armies... it just breaks my heart.

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It is so sad to read news about an internal political strife in Belgium. It may appear that Belgians are too well off for their own good and their politicians have got huge egos. Assuming that Belgium is split into several independent states, will these states be economically viable? I wonder why Flanders strive for an independent state.
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An article - and a survey - from the Francophone newspaper Le Soir:

Sondage - Et si on redessinait la Belgique ? - lesoir.be

The poll asked: What if one would redesign Belgium?

P.S. having looked at the photo of both Elio Di Rupo and his Flemish counterpart, I'm not feeling very hopeful...
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From www.flandersnews.be:

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Mon 30/08/2010 - 10:48 Elio Di Rupo, the Francophone socialist paving the way for the formation of a new Belgian Government, attempted to resign on Sunday. King Albert, however, has asked Mr Di Rupo to redouble his efforts to unblock the political stalemate.
Read more here: flandersnews.be: King insists Mr Di Rupo must continue
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