The elections in Belgium may be over, but now the political haggling begins to form the country’s next coalition government.
Observers say manifesto pledges will be watered down as the French-speaking Socialists and Flemish nationalists try to strike a deal.
Carl Devos, a professor at the University of Ghent, said:
“For the first in more than 30 years a French speaking socialist could become the next Prime Minister of Belgium.
“Elio Di Rupo, the president of the Parti Socialiste, could be the man that makes the deal and if he makes the deal that means he has to compromize
to Bart De Wever (N-Va) and for him (for
Bart De Wever) Elio Di Rupo is acceptable”
“I think that if you want to make a government, the federal government of Belgium, you need to find a compromise on reform of the State, on the budget and on BHV and many more things. Both sides need to make a compromises, if one party says we don’t accept any kind of compromise than any government will not be formed”