BRUSSELS – Assignment extended

The Belgian King has extended the assignment of Patrick Dewael (Open Vld) and Sabine Laruelle (MR) until 16 March “to quickly form a government,” the royal palace said in a press release.

Christian Democrat CD&V repeated on Monday (9 March), after a survey conducted among its own members cemented the party’s previous line, that a future Belgian federal government should include a majority on the Flemish side and Flemish-nationalist N-VA should have the opportunity to “fully participate in the government formation”, its party leader, Joachim Coens, said on Monday.

So far, this option has definitely been vetoed by the Socialist and Green parties.

(Alexandra Brzozowski |

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