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.
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.
Flemish nationalists took the lead in Belgium ’s general elections, setting up coalition talks with French-speaking Socialists who face demands from Dutch-speaking voters to give more powers to the nation’s regions.
EBay Inc., owner of the biggest Internet marketplace, is boosting staff in its emerging-markets group by 50 percent this year, seeking to win loyalty in burgeoning regions where online sales may top $195 billion.
Belgium will get a full-time government as soon as today, ending a record 540 days of post- election brinksmanship between the Dutch-speaking north and French south that kindled speculation of a national breakup at the heart of Europe.
Belgium’s King Albert II named Wouter Beke, leader of the Flemish Christian-Democratic party, to start brokering an agreement about institutional arrangements in the ninth attempt to salvage government-formation talks.