Ruling Coalition in Belgium Risks Alienating French-Speakers

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel, left, takes the oath during a swearing-in ceremony with Belgian King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Sept. 11, 2014 (AP photo by Yves Logghe).
Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel, left, takes the oath during a swearing-in ceremony with Belgian King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Sept. 11, 2014 (AP photo by Yves Logghe).
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On Oct. 11, Belgium’s King Philippe swore in the country’s new government after nearly five months of negotiations. Led by Prime Minister Charles Michel of the fiscally conservative Walloon Reformist Movement (MR), the four-party coalition government also includes three Flemish parties: the Christian Democratic CD&V, the Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open VLD) and the nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA). Belgium is known for its complicated politics, thanks in large part to its linguistic divisions. Flanders, in the north of the country, is home to 60 percent of the population and is Dutch-speaking. Wallonia, in the south, is home to […]

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