Mr Bracke insisted that it was no longer possible to stick with the current form of negotiations: "We can't keep on negotiating like this. We are not negotiating. We are only acting as if we are."
The federal lawmaker underlined that the Flemish nationalists' request was not new. The N-VA has wanted to take the initiative for some time, but Francophone politicians have prevented this.
He also pointed to the short period - ten days - that N-VA leader Bart De Wever had served as Royal Mediator, while the Flemish socialist Johan Vande Lanotte and Francophone socialist Elio Di Rupo had received more time:
"There has been a crisis for a year now and during this period Bart De Wever only got ten days to search for a solution."
Mr Bracke does not believe a meeting with the nine party leaders would be a good idea as he feels this is the surest way to head for a complete failure.
The lawmaker refused to be drawn on his party's stand when its self-imposed deadline on the political talks lapses at the end of the week: "We will see at the end of the week. A few days are an eternity in politics."