Tensions between the French and Flemish- speaking communities in the BHV region are to blame for the current political crisis in Belgium. Residents can decide which language their area speaks, but those who speak Flemish are not accepting French.
The Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde area, which is made up of Brussels and 19 districts around it, is bilingual. The area around BHV is predominantly Flemish-speaking, and wants to stop the spread of the French language, by keeping it Flemish only, as agreed in earlier negotiations.
Jan De Broyer, Overijse city councilor said:
“Herman Van Rompuy proposed an adjustment to the constitution when he was prime minister, two or three years ago. A bilingual BHV, surrounded by monolingual Flemish territory. We want to push through what is written in the constitution.”
One elected mayor could not take power, even though most people in his area speak French or another foreign language.