Speaking on a political discussion programme on the Francophone public broadcaster RTBF at the weekend, Mr De Wever, the leader of the country's largest political party, called on Francophones to prepare for a confederal future.
Mr De Wever said that the 2014 elections would be decisive: "The match will be settled. Either the Flemish parties that support the Di Rupo Government will win, or the N-VA will triumph. I am very optimistic about the N-VA's prospects. At that point we will have a proper debate about confederalism."
Mr De Wever called on Francophones to get in shape for these discussions. I think that the time will be right after the local elections to start thinking and in all discretion work together to prepare the country for the big change."