Belgian Crisis: Everybody’s Waiting

Everybody is waiting for today’s make-or-break events in the Belgian crisis as I write this. Some time after 14:30 CET, the Standing Committee on Home Affairs in the Belgian Parliament will vote on splitting the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde constituency, and the Flemish majority in the Committee will mean that the vote will be in favour of a split.

If that happens, the French-speakers will officially leave the attempts to form a new government. Olivier Maingain, leader of the French-speaking FDF party, has publicly said that such a vote would prove that the Flemish leader of the negotiations, Yves Leterme, is not capable of reconciling the parties, a statement which is being seen in press comments as the end to the negotiations.

We shall know more this afternoon.

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