Sun 22 September 2019

Arnold Le Goeuil talks to Olivier Lebussy, a Journalist at La Libre de Belgique about what the upcoming European elections mean for Belgium.

Belgium is an interesting case not only because the country’s political landscape in split between French-speaking and Dutch-speaking communities but also because the federal parliament, as well as regional houses, will be renewed on May 26th on the same day voters will be choosing their MEPs.

Because the EU institutions are located in its capital most major parties in Belgium share a pro-EU stance

In this respect, as Olivier Lebussy from La Libre de Belgique explains, the latter vote will have much less importance than usual all the way more since the federal government has no majority because of the departure Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (right-wing) from the ruling coalition.

Because the EU institutions are located in its capital, according to Lebussy most major parties in Belgium share a pro-EU stance, reflecting the position of the people.

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However, there are some high-polling parties: Vlaams Belang (far-right) would be one of them, calling for greater sovereignty for Belgium and especially its Dutch-speaking region (Flanders). Another tiny party has championed the fight against Brussels, the right-wing Parti Populaire which leader Mischael Modrikaman, is the lawyer of Steve Bannon’s far-right organization (The Movement).

The issue remains: will Belgium’s divided political playfield boost far-right and Eurosceptic parties? In this respect, May 26th’s elections will be particularly interesting.

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