Trust can grow only after dialogue

1 July 2019

The party leadership of the N-VA has analysed the political state of affairs regarding the Flemish and Federal Government formation and come to three conclusions.

  1. The N-VA has always opposed coinciding elections. No other federal country does it this way. Today, it is clear how justified this position has been, because the already very difficult totality that is Belgium is now becoming even more complex. That’s because the government formations are now de facto interlinked. Every Flemish party is requesting clarity about what will happen at the federal level. This is making it difficult for the Flemish Government to form a government.
  2. The PS is refusing any formal or informal invitation to sit down at the table with the largest Flemish party. It seems as if the PS, not to mention Ecolo, doesn’t consider even a conversation with the largest Flemish party worthwhile any longer. Those are, however, the parties that claim to care greatly about Belgium’s best interests. The N-VA wants a dialogue on Confederalism If we want to make structural changes, then we have to change the structures. Confederalism is the structural change that this country needs. The basic principle of confederalism is that Flanders and Wallonia are the owners of all powers. They exercise these themselves, but can also make decisions together and manage certain powers together at the confederal level, in both of their interests. This completely reverses the logic. Instead of transferring federal powers to Flanders and Wallonia, these powers can be transferred to the confederal level. Forced cooperation is replaced by voluntary cooperation. Must becomes will. Dismantling from above becomes building up from below. Confederalism is therefore deciding together on what we want to do together. confederalism and on a policy that responds to the complaints of the Flemish voters. After all, in order to solve problems, you at least have to talk to each other first.
  3. Meanwhile, several Flemish parties have repeatedly stated that a federal government without a Flemish majority is conceivable for them. Putting confidence in the formation of a Flemish Government with the threat of an anti-Flemish Federal Government is unthinkable for the N-VA.

In addition, no other Flemish party wants to enter into a substantive discussion with the big winner of the elections in Flanders. This is despite the fact that the extreme left had previously joined local coalitions and was begged by the PS to join the Walloon Government. The N-VA regrets that in this way little respect is being shown for the opinion of the Flemish voters.

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