Since Monday King Filip has held a series of consultative talks with the leaders of all the parties that won seats in the Federal Parliament in Sunday’s election. The talks are designed to help him gage the political temperature before appointing an “Informateur”, who will do the preparatory work before the formation of a new Federal Government can begin.
Mr Van Grieken arrived at the palace a few minutes late for his 10:45 appointment with King Filip. He didn’t say much as he went through the palace gates. His party Vlaams Belang is critical of the monarchy and in favour of a Flemish republic. Nevertheless, Mr Van Grieken said “As the King is showing respect for us and our voters, I am showing respect by coming here today to listen to him”.
On leaving the palace Mr Van Grieken respected the rule that decrees that politicians don’t discuss with the press the contents of conversations that they have had with the King. When asked if the King had shown respect towards his party during their conversation Mr Van Grieken said “The invitation was significant enough”.