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Belgian king calls for an end to divisive politics

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Belgian king calls for an end to divisive politics


Belgian King Albert II has called on his country to “look ahead” and branded the tensions between the Dutch speaking Flanders and Wallonia’s Francophones as dangerous for Belgium’s survival.

As the country celebrates it’s national day the king hinted that changes to ease the divide are in the pipeline.

The monarch said: “ We must prepare our communities for a new form of common life where everyone feels content, we must resolve the thorny issues that have divided us and find a new balance between federal and regional entities.”

The country has seen a rise in the calls for Flemish independence a call backed by the recent election results, which saw the New Flemish Alliance, led by Bart de Wever, make huge gains at the expense of more traditional, federal thinking parties.

As Belgium awaits a new government a decision has been taken on the colour of the country’s new car registration plates.

They will be ruby numbers and letters on a white background as opposed to the current red and white.

A proposal to have black letters on a yellow background was rejected by Francophones as black and yellow are the colours of the flag of Flanders.

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