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Can the Di Rupo Government not hear the alarm bells?
Next week, the Chamber and the Senate begin the parliamentary year. For 10 weeks now, the majority parties have been blocking all activity, much to the annoyance of the N-VA. Di Rupo is scarcely in charge any more. This year, the Prime Minister himself is giving no “State of the Union” speech in Parliament. Can he not hear the alarm bells ringing? On Tuesday, for example, De Standaard ran the headline that more companies than ever went bankrupt this September. This year almost 8,000 enterprises closed their books, with 15,956 jobs being lost in the process (figures from Graydon). Het Laatste Nieuws today reports that as much as 311.7 million euros inhas been overspent since this summer. And that the Federal Government this year has a budget deficit of close to 1 billion euros. What is Di Rupo waiting for? What a contrast with the policy of the Flemish Government; particularly with regard to the N-VA’s participation and what with the 2013 budget already having been prepared, and balanced out to boot, and without raising taxes or introducing tight austerity measures.