BRUSSELS – New turn

After the king ended the mandate of informers Joachim Coens (CD&V) and Georges-Louis Bouchez (MR), he sent Koen Geens (CD&V) into the field to find a way out of the federal government stalemate.

“The King has determined that the talks between the parties have not yet led to the formation of a coalition that is supported by a parliamentary majority,” the Palace said in a press release, which is why he decided to change the personalities involved. Alexandra Brzozowski has more.

The choice is a surprise as pundits expected N-VA leader Bart De Wever to get his chance to negotiate a potential coalition between the Socialists (PS) and Flemish Nationalists (N-VA).

Instead, the CD&V holds the potential keys to a new government formation, as its leadership initially believed that N-VA and PS should be the two largest parties in the government.

Geens will have to report to the King on 10 February.

Meanwhile, half of the Flemish people want new federal elections, according to a poll by Het Nieuwsblad. When asked who was to blame for the political impasse, four in ten Flemish people pointed to N-VA, three in ten to PS.

In Brussels only 37% are in favour of ​​new elections, and only one in three voters in Wallonia. (Alexandra Brzozowski |

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