The Federal Government “needs a majority in Flanders” but for that, the Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) “must take up its responsibilities,” the leader of the CD&V party, Wouter Beke, said on Tuesday.
He was reacting to a statement made on Monday by the head of the Parti Socialiste (PS), Elio di Rupo, who argued that the solution for the Federal Government was to rule without the N-VA, thus without the majority in the north of the country.
That statement sparked strong reactions in Flanders. “That call is a negation of the signal given by the electors on Sunday,” Jan Jambon commented.
While the Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams (CD&V) party feels the Federal Government needs a majority in Flanders, it is also calling on the N-VA to assume its responsibility.
“It would be good for the Government to have a majority in Flanders, which also means that the N-VA needs to dare to take up its responsibilities,” the CD&V’s Beke told the VRT. “It’s the first Flemish party in the federal parliament. It represents the largest number of electors there. It should not leave them on the sidelines.”