Party leaders take the floor to outline their priorities in less than 60 seconds: their ambitions in a nutshell

26 May is election day in Belgium, with both federal and Flemish elections coming up, apart from the European elections. The VRT asked the party leaders of the seven main Flemish parties to outline their priorities in less than 60 seconds, and here's the result! We listed the parties according to their score in the latest opinion poll from April. 

Bart De Wever (Flemish nationalists, N-VA): "We put the Flemish interests first. We have put through socio-economic reforms and are reaping the benefits of this. We would like to continue this."

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Wouter Beke (Christian democrats, CD&V): "CD&V stands for quality of life. This means a good life, a healthy and tranquil life. A good life is about good education, a good salary, good job, and a good balance between work and family." 

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Meyrem Almaci (greens, Groen):  "Groen advocates more humane, fairer and healthier policies. We want to reduce people's energy bills and ask for a contribution from the wealthy and the biggest polluters."

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Gwendolyn Rutten (liberals, Open VLD): "Open VLD is the party of those that work or that have worked all their lives. We want all the people who get out there and do their job, to have a better net salary."

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John Crombez (socialists, SP.A): "We want to ensure that young people earn enough to be able to pay for their flat. To ensure that bills drop, especially for those at work." 

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Tom Van Grieken (far right Vlaams Belang): "We want more autonomy for Flanders, because only with more autonomy we can protect our Flemish identity, stop mass immigration and islamisation."

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Peter Mertens (far left PVDA): "We stand for a fair taxation: multinationals should also pay their taxes. And decent pensions: the minimum pension should be 1,500 euros net for everyone." 

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