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Old 09-04-2010, 04:55 PM
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King Albert, Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe have been present at talks
at the Royal Castle in Laken, Brussels, September 4, 2010. The ultimate
consultation on the State reformation yesterday between the seven parties,
PS, N-VA, sp.a, CD&V, Groen, cdH and Ecolo, failed. PS chairman and pre-
formateur Elio Di Rupo met with King Albert II to hand in his resignation. The
king keeps his resignation as pre-formateur under consideration and started
yesterday with the consultations with the various party chairmen.


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Old 09-09-2010, 04:43 AM
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Is it confirmed that Philippe & Mathilde were present?
I doubt that they were. I think they are just in some of the pictures because the meetings with the king take place in Laeken Castle where Philippe and Mathilde live.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:57 AM
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Is it confirmed that Philippe & Mathilde were present?
I doubt that they were. I think they are just in some of the pictures because the meetings with the king take place in Laeken Castle where Philippe and Mathilde live.
They are not attending the consultation. Prince Philippe and princess Mathilde live at the Laeken Castle and nowedays there are a lot of photographers present in order to take pictures of the potiticians that is why we see also pictures of Philippe and Mathilde
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:24 AM
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I think it's a good job that the mess is being handled by the King of the Belgians, rather than his son.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:30 AM
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From flandersnews.be:

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King starts fresh round of consultations

Tue 19/10/2010 - 11:39 With a new federal coalition government looking further away than ever, King Albert II of the Belgians will hold a series of consultative talks with party chairmen over the next couple of days.
read more here.

I think this will be the 5th round of consultations, and a sollution is nowhere in sight.

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Meanwhile, only 44% of the Belgians feels 'Belgian'. In Flanders the number even is 37%, in Wallonia 55%:

http://www.gva.be/nieuws/binnenland/...-nog-belg.aspx (in Dutch)
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:45 AM
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Yesterday there were rumors in Flemish newspapers that Albert was to step back in december.
December is the end of the Belgian presidency of Europe.
But because of the political crisis it will not happen yet.


Today newspapers say that politicians proposed to change the monarchy (no political power for the King anymore) during this government. Albert could then step back after 6 months.

''Koning' Filip krijgt louter protocollaire functie' - Gva.be

De Standaard Online - Laatste crisis voor Albert

De Standaard Online - Groen! veroorzaakt doorbraak in koninklijk dossier

deredactie.be: Kan koning in toekomst nog soelaas brengen?
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This is Johan Vande Lanotte's campaign website:

Actueel*-*Johan Vande Lanotte

He is 54, born in Poperinge, and grew up in Stavele. He studied Social Sciences at Antwerpen Uni, became a lawyer, and got his PhD at Gent.
He likes basketball and poetry.
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There is a new online booklet about the Belgian monarchy - not sure how old it is:

http://www.belgium.be/en/binaries/28...115-103847.pdf
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The conciliator Johan Vande Lanotte will be at the Palais tomorrow at 16.30 in order to find a way to solve the current crisis.

Vande Lanotte chez le Roi mercredi à 16 heures 30 - lesoir.be
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After the aborted attempts by Vande Lanotte, King Albert II, for the umptieth time, has attempted to mediate once again between the two main communities, and this time he has appointed Didier Reynders, the outgoing Finance Minister who is a francophone liberal. He has until February 16th to come up with a new solution.

Le Figaro - Flash Actu : Belgique: un nouveau mdiateur nomm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didier_Reynders

http://www.didier-reynders.be/ His own website
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Does anyone know what the Belgian people think of the King for trying to mediate and form a government? Do they praise him for it? Is he popular for it? Or do the majority want to see Belgium split?
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We'll all know a bit better tomorrow .... or not?

In the meantime, here's a link to "Le petit lexique de la crise belge" (12 terms to understand what's going on in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia):

Petit lexique de la crise belge | Slate
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At the end of January Queen Paola expressed her worries about the formation process and the effect it had on the health of the king... at least that was reported in the press, but denied by the palace.

In general I think most people prefer Belgium to continue to exist, albeit perhaps with more influence for the various regional parlaments (esp. on the budget). There are also protests, last month people protested in Belgium in favor of a government and a senator suggested that the partners of politicians should go on a sexstrike until the formation has succeeded .

Belgian senator calls on 'sex strike' - GlobalTimes
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The parties concerned have not formed the government yet. Have I understood it correctly? What are they waiting for?
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To solve issue about the language area of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde for one, to solve the issue about the flow of tax money from Flanders to Wallonia etc. But it seems that Belgium is doing fine without their government, the economy grew with 2.1% the last quater, which is about the same as in the EU countries on avarage. On February 17th the country will hold the record of the number of days without a government, whgich with 249 days belongs to Iraq.
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The King has given Didier Reynders a further two weeks to come up with a solution.

I agree with Marengo - the Kingdom of the Belgians seems to be doing well without its politicians :-))

I will be celebrating with the Belgians tomorrow when they will have broken the record - see above.
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Thanks for clarifying the situation!
If Belgium function well without the government, politicians can take their time to settle their differences once and for all. I hope that it will end the traditional annual government crisis.
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Many hundreds of students from both the north and the south got together today to make a "revolution of frites", to show that they want a united Belgium, and to denounce nationalism:

Des milliers d’étudiants font la révolution des frites - lesoir.be

"La révolution des frites, clin d'oeil au surréalisme belge" - lesoir.be

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Well, Belgium - strictly speaking - needs to wait until the end of March to become undisputed champion. However, some communities have already declared themselves to be the winner.

Perhaps the Belgians ought to emulate the former Czechoslovakia and have a proper split.
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Well, it's now the end of May 2011, and it's Elio Di Rupo's turn again.....

He was appointed formateur by King Albert on 16th May 2011.
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