July 8, 2011
Belgium is descending into new chaos. In a nutshell, Flemish separatist N-VA leader Bart De Wever has given Waloon Socialist leader Elio di Rupo the middle finger, as Het Nieuwsblat described it. He was able to do so, because CD&V, the Flemish centre-right party, is siding with N-VA. The resulty is political paralysis which can lead the country to death.
These are the developments as from today. But who is to be blamed for the crisis? The story started in April 2010, when Alexander De Croo, the new leader of Flemish liberal party Open VLD, decided to leave the government, triggering early elections. Here is a photo of him:
Alexander De Croo, son of well known politician Herman De Croo, is basically unexperienced. He became leader of the Flemish liberal Open VLD party just because Guy Verhofstadt abandoned the post of Open VLD leader for a European career. Had Verhofstadt remained in national politics, Belgium would have avoided early elections.
And what happens now is that CD&V, until now a respected centre-right party which has put forward as Prime ministers such skilled politicians as Jean-Luc Dehaene and Herman Van Rompuy. But both of them went into European affairs. Had Van Rompuy be in charge, many would expect a better management of the national political crisis.
So who is to blame for Belgium’s crisis? Isn’t it the attraction of the European career, which depletes poor Belgium of its wisest leaders?Georgi Gotev