Government crisis in Belgium: His word acrobatics didn’t help him


have reached the “yellow West”, which continued also in Belgium at the weekend, its not always peaceful protests, after all – even if unintentionally. Because of the hours-long street blockades and barricades in the centre of Brussels, the government was forced to postpone the start of their emergency meeting from 16 to 20 PM, the film also increasingly as certainly applicable premature end.

Michael Stabenow

Political correspondent for the European Union, Nato and the Benelux countries.

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As Prime Minister, Charles Michel, and his Ministerial team, but then met, everything went very quickly. With more hours late, but then within a few minutes, the last is always unrelenting-led force to Belgium’s attitude to the migration Pact of the United Nations had sealed the fate of since the fall of 2014, reigning four-coalition.

Michel. by shimmy

with the exit of the Flemish-nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) wants to Michel to try now, with a minority government of his Walloon liberals (MR), the Flemish sister party Open VLD and the Flemish Christian Democrats (CD&V) up to the parliamentary elections at the end of may through shimmy

at the end of September had announced Michel in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations and to the internal coalition agreements, that discussed the then much less controversial than today, Pact will support. Only after the resurgence of the extreme right-wing and xenophobic “Vlaams mid-October and two weeks later announced backing out from the Pact of Flanders, both of this party, as well as the N-VA gehätschelten Austrian coalition of the ÖVP and the right-wing populist FPÖ, is relevant” in the local elections, the discussion flared up suddenly in Belgium.

With hook-and-eye tried the N-VA party strategists, headed by its Chairman, the Antwerp mayor, Bart De Wever, and the crude sayings and relevant to last even laudatory words for the “Vlaams” – prone migration Secretary, Theo Francken, to tilt the Belgian consent. After an emotional debate, a two-thirds majority – 107 of 150 deputies demanded last Thursday – against the votes of N-VA and the “Vlaams Belang” from the government to support the agreement at the this Monday and Tuesday to be held UN-conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, but at the latest at the end of next week in New York planned for formal adoption.

The game with the Black Peter begins

After the vote, Michel tried Recalling the Belgian Constitution, the continued existence of the, in his opinion, in particular in terms of economic policy is successful, and in Belgium the popular political theory of color as the “Swedish coalition” government. Like an eel, the liberal politician and said that he was going to Marrakech travel as head of government, but, nevertheless, with regard to the political situation in Belgium, in its own name (“à titre personnel”). To calm the word acrobatics Michels are not expected to contributed.