Skip to comments.Flemish separatists are big winners in Belgian election
Posted on 05/25/2014 6:07:32 PM PDT by dontreadthis
(Reuters) - A party that wants to dissolve Belgium was the chief winner of a parliamentary election on Sunday, setting the scene for months of deadlock before a new government can be formed.
With about 80 percent of votes counted, the opposition N-VA (New Flemish Alliance), had secured a third of the votes from the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, the economic powerhouse in the north where some 60 percent of Belgians live.
The centre-right party, which captured 28.2 percent of the Dutch-speaking vote in 2010, has proposed transforming Belgium into a loose confederation of linguistically distinct regions, giving more power to regional governments.
It was a sobering night for the socialists of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who lost voters to a newly created hard left party although they should remain the largest force in the French-speaking south of Belgium.
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Europa is about to get interesting!
“Wallonia for the Walloons!”
Didn’t they do a song about them in the ‘80s ? “99 Luft-Walloons” ?
Congratulations to the people of Flemland!
Your can either be a Pleghm or Walloon?
Belgium sounds like a silly place.
Three official languages
French, German and Grand Duchy of Fenwickese?
as my Flemish wife says, Belgium is leftover Royal crap
(Just kidding, btw. BELGIANS like Czechs and a few others Barry hasn’t managed to infuriate are good friends of America.)
Mark Steyn’s parents are Luft-Walloons. Or Flems.
YES you are still bad LOL!
I like your wife opinion LOL!
Oh this ought to be good. My good friends wife is Flemish, he is Walloon.
are Luft Walloons the name for German-speaking Belgians?
So in the context of Belgium, Walloons speak French. I think it is pretty much standard French apart from a few differences in vocabulary (the Walloons have a proper word for "eighty" instead of saying "four twenties.")
while most Wallooons can speak French, several of the Walloon dialects are incomprehensible to a Francophone. The Walloon language is not even a dialect of French.
Flanders for the Phlegms.
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