Yellow wave over Belgium

After the dirtiest pre-election campaigns Belgians showed the politicians they could not be intimidated or been frightened so much that they would give those mud throwing politicians their vote.

150 members of the Chamber of Representatives head to be elected on May the 25th of 2014, coinciding with the European elections.

The beginning

English: Flag used by the now-defunct politica...

Flag used by the now-defunct political party Vlaams Blok in Belgium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rising from nothing in 6 years the Flemish Alliance party (founded in 2001 as one of the successors of the Volksunie)* was chosen in the previous 2010 election, but the choice of the citizens was swept under the carpet, the same like they had already done on Black Sunday*², when the  Belgian far-right and secessionist political party Vlaams Blok (Flemish Block) had received her victory. From 1989 onwards that party got shut out or literally blocked by a cordon sanitaire. That, I would consider, a clear sign that Belgium has not really a democratic system, though it presents itself as a democratic country. This was again proven so in 2010 where the Walloon and several Flemish parties did not want to co-operate with the winner of that election the N-VA or Flemish Alliance.

Logo of Vlaams Belang

Logo of Vlaams Belang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Court of Appeal in Ghent had in April 2004 ruled that some of the Vlaams Blok party’s organizations had breached the 1981 anti-racism law. The ruling made definite in 2004 brought a change of name to the Vlaams Blok, having it being reorganised as the Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest)). But the change of name did not help much, because of the cordon sanitair, the voters of that party seeing no change to have their votes any value. I think lots of VB enthusiast wanted their votes making something in parliament, previous election they voted with many others on the New Flemish Alliance or Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA). Though having gained a substantial plurality in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium with 28% of the votes in Flanders and 17% of the national vote, becoming the largest party in both Flanders and Belgium altogether, the other parties took care that party did not have a change to come the saying or directing force in parliament.

Dirty works

Vlaams Behang (proper)

Vlaams Behang (proper) (Photo credit: vintagedept)

For these electations the other parties form the Walloon as well as the Flemish site did everything to defile the Flemish national parties Vlaams Belang and N-VA. Lots of lies and wrong figures were given and it was made clear that no ‘regular’ party would like to work with the N-VA. Knowing that nobody wanted to throw one’s lot with the N-VA and/or with the VB, they hoped that lots of voters would not give any vote to one of those parties to avoid Belgium would come in such an impasse as in 2010, not having a government for 541 days.

Independent states

Opposite to the VB the N-VA emphasized its non-revolutionary and pro-European character,  advocating free market economics whilst retaining ties with the European Union, in order to legitimize increased Flemish autonomy.

The VB’s main goal is to establish an independent Flemish republic, whilst this would also be liked by the N-VA, which is also willing to go first by creating confederate states.

True Latin phrases and false words in media

Party leader De Wever, who calls himself a conservative and a nationalist, likes often to express himself with Latin idioms and has always very quickly a good answer, not making it easy for his recalcitrants. His opponents did the last few month everything to to counteract his sayings and his actions. His party met with great opposition from Flemish and Walloon sites. The majority of the Walloon parties gave a totally false picture to their voters and wanted to make afraid the ones who liked to vote for the N-VA.

N-VA was presented as the party that wants to dissolve Belgium and does not want to co-operate with the Walloon people and does not want to have any emigrants in their country. I wonder if they ever noticed that the lifeguard of Mr. De Wever is a black person? They made everybody afraid that in case the N-VA would be  the chief winner of a parliamentary election on Sunday, this would set the scene for months of deadlock before a new government can be formed.

Because of all that violence against the party Bart De Wever his phrase

” Vicit vim virtus.” (Courage has overcome violence.)

was the nail on the dot, getting the others to know that the Flemish people are not that stupid they can be fooled.

Third time lucky

For the third time in a row the party of Bart De Wever is the largest and this time the others shall not be able to ignore them. The third goal of the hat trick was also the most impressive. Though they may not call to early “victory”, because Belgium is in a very difficult position where the king also has to show colours now.

Normally King Philip should appoint somebody of the N-VA to form the government and should receive Bart De Wever as first party chairman. Normaly he should also speak with the most harsh opponent of De Wever, Paul Magnette forom the Socialist Party who was not always so correct nor friendly.

It would be correct for the Belgian king proforma to meet all the party leaders and afterwards to appoint an informant (tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest), which can then begin the preparation of a new government.

Preferential votes

With  over 300,000 preferential votes in the province of Antwerp – only yesterday led his party to a monster score of almost 33 % and an impressive gain in seats, 
Bart De Wever
(315,000 preferential votes for the country) should have to play the most important role in the next government. He always gave the impression to prefer to stay the major of Antwerp and that Liesbeth Homans (160.000 preferential votes until now) could become the new prime minister.

At Flemish level outgoing Flemish PM Kris Peeters was the favourite, but was downed by N-VA rising star Liesbeth Homans, with a difference of more than 20,000 votes. for Mr. Peeters who has done a lot of good work in the Flemish parliament this must have been very frustrating because he did not receive a ‘thank you’ for what he really had acomplished in the Flemish parliament.

For the Federal preference votes we further find the popular Maggie De Block of the liberal party, which at first just got a very unpopular post in the previous government. As crazy children many liberals chanted her name who managed to get the liberals out of the debts with 129,410 preference votes (19.45%). With her co-party member Alexander De Croo, who got 68,445 preference votes (7.22%) they secured the liberal party.

For the Flemish socialists it is not the party leader but Johan Vande Lanotte who can put the socialists on the map, with 68,898 preference votes (8.53%).

Gone glory and upcoming green

The once mightiest party of the country, the Christian democrats have to do with their leader Wouter Beke having only 59,291 preferntial votes (10.69%).

Greenchairman Wouter Van Besien with 40,000 preference votes managed with his team enthusiasts to bring the flemish ecologists in a better position than their Waloon counterpart which lost many votes. The top five on the Flemish level is completed by Caroline Gennez (37,000) and NVA’er Kris Van Dijck (31,500).

But the overwhelming predominance of the N – VA  obviously does not make it evident that Liesbeth Homans or Bart De Wever will soon be the leader of the country as new Prime Minister. Mathematically their party is not even needed to have a Flemish or federal majority.

Caesar Germanica

Many other party heavyweights recognised that N-VA could at least do in one election what they never could do in the many previous years. It was not with nibbling that N-VA pecked at Vlaams Belang. With skin and hair that extreme right party has been made a virtual end for Vlaams Belang, going from 12 seats in the federal parliament to only three, and from 21 seats in the Flemish parliament to only six.

But the classic parties could held up fairly, though they did nothing of what they had promised before they came to rule the country after the many days of debate and ‘leakages’ and blunders.

CD & V (Christen democrats) did it not so bad, Maggie De Block saved the furniture for Open VLD (liberals) and sp.a (Flemish socialists) performed very weak but kept the seat loss limited like their Walloon counterpart of which Di Rupo said they ‘gained’ (though they lost seats). The three parties in the Flemish government Di Rupo I were not punished . Together they form the alternative to N -VA and they can go into a government – Di Rupo II .

Fallen verdict

The previous Belgian parliament with the Prime Minister Elio di Rupo (PS) may feel the hot breath of the MR Didier Reynders (liberals) in the neck .

“The verdict of the Flemish and French-speaking democracies has never been more divided. We don’t want a long political crisis, so we also want to take the initiative to see what is possible on the federal level,”

N-VA leader Bart De Wever told an enthusiastic crowd of supporters in Brussels.

“The N-VA is a big winner and it would be psychologically difficult for the governing parties to just continue with the government without further ado,”

said Dave Sinardet, politics lecturer at the Free University of Brussels.

Majority requires 62 seats

Bart De Wever’s N-VA will be a virtually unavoidable part of any new federal coalition following yesterday’s elections. The party is also in a strong position to take over leadership of the coalition that will govern Flanders for the next five years.

There are 124 seats in the Flemish Parliament, and 62 required to form a majority. The result leaves N-VA in a position to form a coalition with CD&V alone (70 seats). At the same time, however, CD&V could form a smaller majority with SP.A and Open VLD (64 seats).

With most polling places now having reported, the situation for the Flemish parliament is:

N-VA                     31.93%                  43 seats               + 27
CD&V                    20.51%                  27 seats                – 4
Open VLD              14.11%                  19 seats                – 2
SP.A                       13.96%                  18 seats                – 1
Groen                       8.68%                  10 seats               + 3
Vlaams Belang        5.92%                   6 seats               – 15
UF  (the French Union)  0.83%          1 seat                 —

In the vote for the European Parliament, the parties at the top were closer: N-VA took 17.58% and four seats, up from three last time; Open VLD on 13.24% (three seats) was narrowly ahead of CD&V on 13.15% (two seats). Five other parties, including SP.A, Groen and Vlaams Belang took one seat each.

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* Volsunie = Flemish People’s Union

*² Black Sunday the election day when the 1988 electoral success of the Vlaams Blok was considered a very sad day in Belgian history.

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Please do find:

  1. Results of the Parliamentary elections: Verkiezingen Vlaams Parlement 2014
  2. Flemish PM Kris Peeters bites the dust in Flanders
  3. Computer troubles delay result in Brussels
  4. Foreign press: “Tough times ahead for Belgium”
  5. Tweets and replies

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Dutch articles:

Hattrick, maar geen gewonnen spel
N-VA peuzelde gisteren het Vlaams Belang op met huid en haar. Extreemrechts is in Vlaanderen op sterven na dood. Maar de klassieke partijen hielden behoorlijk stand. CD&V deed het best aardig, Maggie De Block redde de meubelen voor Open Vld en sp.a presteerde zeer zwak maar hield het zetelverlies beperkt. De drie Vlaamse partijen in de regering-Di Rupo I werden dus niet afgestraft. Samen vormen ze het alternatief voor N-VA en kunnen ze doorgaan in een regering-Di Rupo II. De PS van de premier liep in Wallonië nogal wat averij op en voelt de hete adem van de MR van Didier Reynders in de nek.

N-VA rekent zich ook letterlijk rijk na overwinning
De verkiezingsoverwinning van N-VA heeft de partij ook op financieel vlak geen windeieren gelegd: de partij ziet haar jaarlijkse inkomsten met meer dan 4 miljoen stijgen tot 12,2 miljoen euro. Bovendien ziet de partij haar personeelsbestand stijgen met 50 extra parlementaire medewerkers, waarmee het totaal op 160 komt. Groen gaat er ook op vooruit, terwijl de traditionele partijen niet inboeten aan financiële middelen. Vlaams Belang moet het met een stuk minder geld en personeel stellen, LDD verliest alles. Dat hebben Bart Maddens en Jef Smulders van de KU Leuven becijferd op basis van de verdeling van de stemmen, zoals die bekend is op 26 mei om 8.30 uur.

Wie is nu écht het populairst? De Wever, Maggie en Liesbeth Homans
In de politiek telt winnen. Voor de partij, maar net zo goed individueel, want dan heb je “recht van spreken” binnen je partij. De absolute cijfers zijn dus interessant, maar eigenlijk moet je kijken naar hun persoonlijk percentage, hun ‘penetratiegraad’, om te vergelijken. En daarbij wint Bart De Wever, niet verwonderlijk. Tweede is Maggie De Block (Open Vld). En op nummer drie vinden we Liesbeth Homans (N-VA).

Voorkeurstemmen: Homans verslaat Peeters

Voorkeurstemmen per boegbeeld

‘Zonder fout Wathelet had CDH ruim gewonnen’

Binnenland CDH hield goed stand in Brussel, meent CDH-boegbeeld Joëlle Milquet. Maar zonder de ‘vergissing van Wathelet’ had er nog meer ingezeten, aldus Milquet, die haar partijgenoot niet spaart. Lees verder

N-VA start morgen met Vlaamse formatiegesprekken

N-VA start morgen met Vlaamse formatiegesprekken

VERKIEZINGEN N-VA wil vandaag praten met potentiële partners, en morgen de formatiegesprekken starten. Dat zei voorzitter Bart De Wever na afloop van het partijbureau. Voor het federale niveau wacht de N-VA op de … Lees verder

Twee democratieën of één enkele?
Bart De Wever zei het nog eens op verkiezingsavond: in dit land bestaan twee democratieën naast elkaar, waardoor in Wallonië rood (maar niet te vergeten ook blauw) scoort en in Vlaanderen een rechtse meerderheid bestaat. Lees: en dat maakt het vormen van een federale regering uiterst moeilijk. Maar is dat ook zo?

Het is waar dat we gesplitste verkiezingen organiseren met gesplitste partijen die gesplitste debatten voeren in gesplitste media. En dat we daarna met die gesplitste realiteiten een regering moeten proberen te vormen. We zijn dus een tweestromenland (als we de Brusselse realiteit even terzijde laten).

Maar hebben we een ander idee over wat een democratie is in de twee landsdelen?  Gelden er andere regels? Of vormen we in België gewoon één enkele democratie, met een verschillende invulling/configuratie aan beide kanten van de taalgrens.

De grootste moet het veld in
Veel afgetekender dan dat kan een overwinning niet zijn. De N-VA wordt veruit de grootste partij in België en is ook de grote winnaar voor het Vlaams Parlement. Bart De Wever moet tweemaal het initiatief nemen. Hij zal bijzonder diep moeten gaan, want federaal loert het alternatief zonder de winnaar om de hoek.

Meer vrouwelijke verkozenen in Vlaams Parlement

07:09 Vlaamse Verkiezingen Met 90 procent van de stemmen geteld lijkt het erop dat het aantal vrouwelijke verkozenen in …

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    In the Walloon country the PS of Di Rupio has lost heavily (halved at federal level) but still remains strongish in Wallonia and the Walloon Greens have also lost ground.However the big story is the result in Flanders. In that country of Federal Belgium the NVA of Bart de Wever has powered ahead once more gaining about 19% to 32% so the Flanders govt, a neo-lib style govt. in that country has done very well
  • After museum attack, Flemish separatists set for victory in Belgium election (timesofisrael.com)
    Belgium’s controversial Flemish separatists looked set to take the lead in a general election Sunday marred by an attack against the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the first such incident in 30 years.
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    However, De Wever’s lead may prove to be too small to enable him to form a regional government in northern Flanders, while at the federal level he may find it difficult to find allies to join a coalition.With votes counted at 87 percent of polling stations, the Flemish separatists had secured four of 21 EU parliamentary seats available to Belgium, with the francophone Socialists and two other parties on three seats each.

    “Bart De Wever as prime minister would be like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse,” said Di Rupo.

    The Flemish nationalist leader responded “don’t be concerned, we don’t want a revolution, just solutions.”

    Belgium has no national political parties, with the current federal coalition government made up of groups from both sides of its invisible but very real linguistic border.

  • Belgium faces tough coalition talks after vote (cnsnews.com)
    “Our complicated country has become even more complicated,” said N-VA leader Bart De Wever after projections showed him with 34 seats in the 150 seat House, a gain of 7 to become by far the biggest party in parliament.The Francophone PS socialists of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo were projected to lose a seat to fall to 25 but remain the biggest in his region and second in the nation.
  • Belgium faces tough coalition talks after vote (nzherald.co.nz)
    During the election campaign, Di Rupo and De Wever used every opportunity to say how much they disliked each other. Now they will likely be forced into in national coalition talks that will be extremely difficult and protracted.It took Belgium 541 days four years ago to form a government with N-VA in opposition, leaving the world in awe and financial markets nervous as the parties kept bickering over constitutional changes to give Flanders more autonomy.

    Now, the same question what to do about the kingdom is back again. The country’s two diverse groups are its 6.5 million Dutch speakers in northern Flanders and 4.5 million Francophones in southern Wallonia.

    “The results North and South are very, very different, more diverging than ever,” he said.

    Di Rupo is from poorer Wallonia, which traditionally leans in favor of national unity because the region would likely find it difficult to survive on its own economically.

  • Flemish separatists are big winners in Belgian election (trust.org)
    However, a day after a gunman shot three people dead at Brussels’ Jewish Museum, the far right, anti-immigrant Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) was the night’s biggest loser.The electoral system – effectively two elections with separate French-speaking and Dutch-speaking parties appealing to different voters – means at least four parties, and two from each side, will be needed to form a governing coalition.
  • Gunman kills four in Jewish museum in Belgium (irishtimes.com)
    Belgian police were searching for a gunman yesterday who killed four people in the Jewish museum of Belgium on Saturday as the country went to the polls in European, regional and national elections.

    The authorities released video footage of the man who opened fire shortly before 4pm inside the Jewish museum in the busy Sablon area of Brussels, killing two Israeli and one French citizen. The fourth victim, a Belgian national, died yesterday.
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    With Flanders economically stronger than neighbouring Wallonia, the N-VA’s leader, Bart De Wever, has tapped in to Flemish concern that the region has been subsidising the French-speaking area.

  • Municipal elections in Belgium: Flemish Interest halted in Antwerp but advancing elsewhere (ariedelson91.wordpress.com)
    In the 2006 municipal elections in Belgium, the political party Vlaams Belang (“Flemish Cause”) advanced in almost all municipalities, just like the last elections. But its rise was brought to a halt in the cities Mechelen and also in its stronghold Antwerp.
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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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