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Decision day approaches in Belgian general elections

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Decision day approaches in Belgian general elections


Electors in Belgium have just two days left to go to choose their candidates for the country’s parliamentary elections.

The country is deeply divided between the largely Dutch-speaking North and the largely French-speaking South, and within each community between those who seek to preserve national unity and those with federal and even separatist preferences.

In a Dutch-speaking district of Brussels, local authorities have installed a dustbin so that residents can throw away French language election pamphlets which they say sully the character of the area.

Opinion polls suggest that the separatist N-VA party will win the vote in Dutch-speaking areas and could finish up the single largest party in the country.

The election comes just two weeks before Belgium takes over the EU’s rotating presidency.

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