Belgian voters handed an election victory to the Flemish nationalists, giving Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever the initiative for coalition talks even as Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo’s six-party government retains a majority.
Belgium’s King Philippe picked Flemish nationalist party leader Bart De Wever to explore options for a federal coalition government, giving the Antwerp mayor a single week to seek a potential majority.
Belgium’s N-VA party leader Bart De Wever , the top vote-getter in elections four months ago, offered concessions for more regional tax powers in a proposal to break the political deadlock in the linguistically divided nation.
Belgium’s King Albert II picked Flemish nationalist party leader Bart De Wever to explore options for a coalition government that can heal the rift between the country’s Dutch speakers and French speakers.
Belgium’s political stalemate persisted after a Flemish nationalist proposal met with concerns among French-speaking parties that it undermined solidarity, putting the initiative for reconciliation back into the king’s hands.
Belgian King Albert II began consulting political party leaders, starting with a Flemish nationalist and French-speaking Socialist, in a bid for unity after general elections hardened the nation’s divisions.