I think that Macron almost always takes the Thalys to go to Brussels, as Hollande did before him. However for a state visit with other ministers and a scad of journalists, it is not impossible that they flew there. I did not find the information. Going by road is not secure enough besides being the slowest way to get there.
We are in a crisis that is becoming more major by the day and could provoke the fall of the government. Cause is 'le pacte migratoire' - a global agreement on migrants. Promoted by UN this agreement - non binding - would actually organize the cooperatin between countries about it. Our right wing facholike minister of migration (!) Theo Franken refuses to hear about it and is supported by the right wing NVA (and of course, the exterme right Vlaams Belang), whihc became quite isolated on the subject. Thanks to these guys, we would be like Hungary and Austria the only EU countries to reject this agreement... Prime minister who suddenly appears to have grown balls is fighting NVA and wants the agreement signed.
Since all frenchspeaking parties are ok with the agreeemnt, it reinorces the refusal of the NVA, by adding a commununautary aspect to it. And the proximity of elections aso means that everybody will play tougher than usual.
That is distressing news, as is Whatagain's report on the governmental crisis. It's particularly worrisome when countries such as Belgium, which I see as stable and politically sedate on the world stage, seem to lean toward the particularly ugly populism sweeping the globe.
Well we vote tomorrow. Campaign has been relatively quiet and uninteresting wit a lot of populist smell. We vite fir the region the federal and the Europeans. I managed to select 3 different parties to vote for and am surprised I am not the only One. Predictions are that the regional coalitions that will emerge fast will probably make it very difficult to find a federal coalition. Translation : we expect total mess from these elections.
I saw a number or articles mentioning that Belgians often voted for different lists for municipal, regional and national elections. It's happening a bit in France, too, particularly since the old traditional parties blew up in 2017. But we only have the European elections tomorrow...
Results are known and it is worse than I expected. I had expected to see Flanders going more right and Wallonia more left. However far right in Flanders is now about 18%. So close to half Flemish voted for independence of Flanders and Wallonia goes more towards far left. Now we are betting on how much time to find a coalition for the federal. If ever.
Absolutely no chance. Flemish and Dutch don't get along. Plus the Flemish are not going to marry somebody else if they divorce us ! Kerouac there was a RWF. Rattachement Wallonie france. Don't know what happened to them.
Will take some time to cool down but yes I will not speak Flemish anymore. Those Flemish who do t like us will not answer in french so I'll know from start. I know. Childish.
Huh??? I speaak French wherever I need to. If you talk in French to me, I'll answer you in French. Pourquoi pas? Je n'ai aucun problème avec les Wallons, même pas avec les Bruxellois qui refusent de parler flamand. Aucun problème.
Childish, indeed. And causing more hate between Flemish and Walloon. Why? WHY???
Feelings run very high in Belgium, and I have to admit that it is a mystery to the rest of us. Both factions (sorry to ignore the German speaking minority) appear to spread a number of mistruths about economics, language, immigrants, etc.
Looking at this from the outside, I still think that one of the most important things to do would be to permit a complete linguistic census again and start negotiating various points from there. I am well aware that Flanders is afraid of becoming a minority since the birthrate is lower than in Wallonia, but it is important to face the facts, such as Brussels being 94% francophone.
I really don't think that the Walloons are hoping to steal Flemish money or that the Flemish think that the Walloons are all lazy social benefit profiteers, but until real information becomes available, there is absolutely no way to start to repair the relationship.
Yup. And I did express my feelings to my Flemish friends. In Flemish. I won't speak Flemish with strangers but of course I will with friends. I could have been that clearer. But yes I am considering now that half of the Flemish want to get rid of us. And I don't like it. And unfortunately for nice people like amboseli a lot of frenchspeaking are reacting the same way. We are under the impression that trop is te veel. Now I'll come back in a few weeks when I cooled down. My daughter said that it was not a big deal that we missed a party thrown by her godmother (she is Flemish) since a good chunk of those present (young guys) would be far right voters. Emotion runs high indeed.
So here we are about 3 months after elections. Still no Flemish govt and no federal one. N-Va and PS still refusé to talk to each other and blaming the other. Now there are talks about going back to vote since it is impossible to create a federal government. If it proves true I am not sure I will vote. Probably stupid but fed up.