Despite three different mayors in quick succession the Francophone socialists stay biggest party on the council of the City of Brussels. The greens of Ecolo-Groen make significant gains. The Flemish nationalists didn't make any headway. The Flemish socialists are on course for representation on the City of Brussels council now they fielded candidates on a separate list for the first time.
Green gains in the City are mirrored in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Ukkel, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Schaarbeek and Etterbeek. The party of Olivier Deleuze, the only green mayor in the capital region, increases its share in Watermaal-Bosvoorde by 12%. In Elsene the greens are biggest party with a third of the vote.
Polls forecast up to 6% for the Flemish nationalists in several Brussels municipalities. It was not to be. In the City, Schaarbeek and Ukkel the N-VA polls between 2% and 3%, in Anderlecht around 4%. The Flemish nationalists do better in Sint-Agatha-Berchem: around 7% and in Ganshoren: nearly 7%.
The Francophone socialists lose ground in several Brussels municipalities. There are big losses in the City, in Schaarbeek and Ukkel, though in Molenbeek the bilingual socialist lists picks up a third of the vote to become the largest party. There are losses for the outgoing liberal mayor Francoise Schepmans.