Opposition parties offer minority government no blank cheques

We have to go back to 1974 to find the last time Belgium was administered under a minority government.  The question now remains whether today's opposition will allow the Michel II administration to take big decisions.

The new administration of Flemish and Francophone liberals and Flemish Christian democrats has no majority in parliament.

Both the opposition Flemish socialists and greens are not minded to provide votes for nothing.

Green floor leader Kristof Calvo: "We're not going to help out the government, but on the other hand we're not going to block everything in this country. A minority government that continues the policies of the last years should not expect green support. However, I believe it's the responsibility of every politician to consider what they can be part of."

Mr Calvo is thinking of issues like climate and energy that are important for his party.

"If we can work together on such topics we'll gladly be part of the solution."

Flemish socialist leader John Crombez is unwilling to support the minority administration pointing to what he called the "demolition" policies that the government pursued in recent years: “It's inconceivable that we would support these policies from the opposition.  That would only be possible with completely different policies."

The socialists will consider each vote case by case. 

But what about the Flemish nationalists who have just left the cabinet?

Former Deputy Premier Jambon promises a constructive opposition, especially on socio-economic dossiers: "If our support is needed, we'll be constructive" he told VRT.