Bart De Wever vows to try and form a federal government

Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever has pledged he will attempt to form a new federal government if King Filip asks him so to do.  Nearly seven months after the election there are lingering doubts about whether Belgium’s two largest parties, the Flemish nationalist N-VA and the Francophone socialist PS, can strike a deal.

On Sunday Mr De Wever told VRT News that this option couldn’t be ruled out. Mr De Wever is asking the Flemish Christian democrats and Flemish liberals not to join a federal administration that won’t pursue the same policies as the Flemish government.

It has emerged that the Flemish liberals have never promised Bart De Wever’s nationalists not to drop them when the new federal government is formed. In recent days relations between the Flemish nationalists and Flemish liberals have been particularly strained as some liberals are pressing for a federal coalition without the N-VA.

Bart De Wever also provided details of the political promises made with regard to the federal government during the formation of the Flemish government, a coalition of Flemish nationalists, Christian democrats and liberals.  Mr De Wever pledged not to drop the Christian democrats or the liberals when forming a new federal government.