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Flemish Far Right Gains In Belgian Elections
Flemish far right gains in Belgian 'Super Sunday' elections
The far-right Flemish separatist Vlaams Belang party scored major gains in Belgian elections on Sunday, an outcome likely to make forming the next national government more difficult.Member of the far-right Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang Filip Dewinter poses with supporters during a party event after the Belgian general and regional elections and European Parliament elections in Londerzeel, Belgium.
Linguistically divided Belgium held a “Super Sunday” of European, national and regional elections, which resulted in a shift to the right in more prosperous Dutch-speaking Flanders and to the left in French-speaking Wallonia. With 85% of the vote counted, the anti-immigrant Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) gained across Dutch-speaking Flanders to become the second largest party in the region behind the more moderate separatist N-VA party.
Belgium effectively runs two separate elections in the Dutch and French-speaking regions, with no national parties, after which it somehow has to weld together a federal government from both sides of the linguistic divide. This could become harder with a greater number of Flemish separatists pushing for more powers to be devolved to Belgium’s regions, something the poorer south resists. Read more ...
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