However, the Flemish liberals that had already agreed to form a coalition with the Flemish greens and the Flemish socialists on the Dutch-speaking side of the bi-lingual region’s government have expressed “concern” that the Francophone liberals appear to have been cast aside. The Flemish liberal Guy Vanhengel calls on Mr Vervoort and Ms Onkelinkx to take “time to reflect”.
In Brussels each linguistic group forms its own coalition separately before a new regional government is formed. Two weeks ago the Flemish Greens, the Flemish socialists and the Flemish liberals agreed that they would form the Dutch-speaking part of the coalition. The Flemish liberals would like the Francophone liberals to be a part of the coalition on the Francophone side. However, this has fallen on deaf ears among the Francophone socialists lead the negotiations.
The incumbent Brussels Finance Minister Guy Vanhengel (Flemish liberal) and his party colleague, the Flemish Minister for media, youth, culture and Brussels Sven Gatz have both asked those leading the Francophone coalition talks to take time to reflect. Mr Gatz adds that the formation of a Brussels regional government without the Francophone liberals could make the formation of governments at other levels more difficult.