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.
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 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.