National leader aims for 30%+

The Chairman of the Flemish nationalist party N-VA Bart De Wever has said in a newspaper interview that he hopes that his party will gain the support of at least 30% of Flemings in next year’s federal, regional and European elections.

"If we don’t get a strong enough mandate, we will ended up in the opposition. The lower limit is 30%”. Mr De Wever added that his party “will not abandon any opportunity to participate in a government dedicated to socio-economic recovery”.

N-VA’s proposals for a co-federal Belgium were the source of much discussion during the week. None of the other Flemish parties seem enthusiastic about the plans.

Speaking in the daily ‘Het Nieuwsblad’, Mr De Wever said that “The Christian democrats have co-federalism in their manifesto, but no-one there has thought about how it can be put into practice. Within the Flemish liberals, Maggie De Block says that she is in favour of it. I think that co-federalism is written in the stars.”

However, Mr De Wever realises that his party will have to pull off an excellent score in the elections before it will be asked to join a coalition.

“The lower limit is 30%. Every vote less increases the chance that Elio Di Rupo (Francophone socialist) will carry on as Prime Minister”. Mr De Wever is keen to stress the importance of a government that will take measures to promote economic recovery.

“N-VA will not abandon any opportunity to participate in a government dedicated to socio-economic recovery. I know that the structures in this country will not change from one day to the next. It will take years, probable a full decade. You can’t link this to co-federalism. As regards state reform, you should think in terms of ten years. ”




Co-federalism a priority for Weyts and Jambon

In interviews given by N-VA’s Deputy Leader Ben Weyts and the party’s Group Leader in the Chamber of Representatives Jan Jambon both politicians call for co-federalism sooner rather than later.

Speaking in the daily ‘De Morgen’ Mr Jambon says that is party will not take part in a coalition without a clear commitment from the other parties to co-federalism.

Meanwhile in ‘De Standaard’ Mr Weyts told readers that while believes in the urgency of a government that would take measures to stimulate economic recovery, he would only be prepared to enter such a government if the other coalition partners at least said that they were committed to co-federalism.