BRUSSELS – Yet another attempt to form a federal government

Liberal leader Egbert Lachaert (Open VLD), who is set to inform the Belgian King later on Friday about his progress in finding a solution for Belgium’s federal government puzzle, is officially trying for a coalition without the country’s biggest party, Flemish nationalist N-VA.

Belgium is currently ruled by a caretaker government with restricted powers under Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès (MR) as the coalition parties do not have a majority in parliament.

The country hasn’t had a fully functioning government since December 2018, when the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party pulled out of Charles Michel’s government over its migration policy.

Lachaert, the 12th person to have been tasked by the King with coalition talks since the start of the government crisis, announced he is trying for a so-called ‘Vivaldi coalition’, dubbed after the composer of Four Seasons: red for socialist parties PS and sp.a; blue for liberal MR and Open VLD; green for ecologists Ecolo and Groen; and orange for the Christian Democrats CD&V.

This, however, means that the country’s biggest force, Flemish nationalist N-VA party, is being excluded from the current negotiations.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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