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Bart De Wever on federal formation: “I don’t believe a word of the promised state reform”
“Until 2024, Flanders will be governed for 12 of 16 years without a majority. We account for 83% of exports, 70% of taxes and billions in. And by way of thanks, we get put in the minority by a government dominated by French speakers.” In the De Zevende Dag news show, N-VA Chairman Bart De Wever revealed that he is anything but optimistic regarding the new federal government about which the traditional parties are negotiating.
Consequences for the Flemish Government
According to Bart De Wever, it is unprecedented for the two largest parties in a country to be sidelined. His judgement of the Flemish parties in that project is harsh, in particular Open Vld but also CD&V. If both parties enter into a federal government without the N-VA, it can have consequences for the Flemish Government, Bart De Wever warns. “Fortunately, the Flemish coalition agreement is laid down in great detail.”
Negotiating state reform with 19th-century-style Belgicist
The N-VA Chairman reacts with incredulity to the offer by CD&V President Joachim Coens to help negotiate a state reform. “I don’t believe a word of the promised state reform. There is no negotiating state reform with George Louis Bouchez, a 19th-century-style Belgicist who sabotaged everything from the very start and is even today saying that Sophie Wilmès must stay on as Prime Minister.”