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Flemings losing out from the federal government negotiations
The N-VA is extremely disappointed that the CD&V and other Flemish parties are willing to negotiate further on the federal coalition agreement based on Di Rupo's memo. The informateur's bills are, for Flemings in the Vlaamse Rand (Flemish periphery), nevertheless a dramatically poor starting point for further negotiations. Furthermore, the N-VA is particularly disturbed that, in the meantime, not a single Flemish party has mentioned the social-economic and budgetary sections of the memo, even though it is absolutely full of tax increases! The recommendations from the European Commission and thehave been completely ignored. This is a clear decision made by the CD&V, and all the traditional Flemish parties with them. Instead of putting all the French-speakers under pressure to finally bring about institutional and financial stability, they are dropping the N-VA to create a government that will fundamentally reform nothing, and which will, in particular, levy a major amount of taxes. The N-VA finds it particularly painful for the Flemings because they will be the biggest victims of this farce. They will be saddled with astronomically high tax increases while Brussels gets a bundle of money and from Flanders will be increased by at least 1 billion euros.