Belgian PM: "Francophone liberals have proved that they can stop separatism”

The Prime Minister in Belgium’s minority caretaker federal government Charles Michel (Francophone liberal) has said in an interview with VRT radio that there is no question of Belgium becoming a confederal state after the Federal elections in May.  

"Confederalism are separatism, are not things that I would choose. With the Francophone liberals we have proved that we are capable of completely blocking the Flemish nationalists’ separatism”. Mr Michel has some harsh words for his former Flemish nationalist coalition partner. In a reference to comments made by the former Interior Minister Jan Jambon, Mr Michel said "I am especially shocked that in recent days some have called for a form of ungovernability”.


The Caretaker Prime Minister also expressed his distain at the electoral game that is taking place between the Francophone socialists and the Flemish nationalists.

Last week the leader of the Flemish nationalists Bart De Wever said that he is a candidate to become Flemish Prime Minister after the regional elections in May.


He said that this was his answer to the Francophone socialists’ expressed aim of “reconquering” the federal level of government.    

"The Francophone socialists are the best election agent for the Flemish nationalists and the Flemish nationalists are the best agents for the Francophone socialists. This is something that I find regrettable”.  


Mr Michel was speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


It is public knowledge that Mr Michel always got on well with Mr Jambon.


Mr Michel believes that voters at the federal elections in May have two choices “Either we go for a shut down again with commedia dell’arte between the Francophone socialists and the Flemish nationalists. Or we can choose an axis of parties that will make the decisions required for structural reform”.


“We in the MR (the Francophone liberals) have proved that we are capable of completely frustrating the nationalists’ separatist aims. The PS (Francophone socialists) and the N-VA (Flemish nationalists) are an axis of immobilisation”, Mr Michel said. 

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