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Belgian coalition talks collapse


Coalition talks in Belgium have broken down after nearly 4 months of negotiations.

The Flemish separatist party, the N-VA, pulled out of discussions on Monday saying they should start again from scratch.

The party is demanding more power and greater fiscal autonomy for their region of Flanders.

“We’ve been regressing the last few weeks instead of progressing” said the party’s leader Bart de Wever. “That’s why I’m not afraid to say that this story, according to us, has ended.”

French-speaking parties are angry at the collapse of the talks.

In June, the head of the Socialist Party, Elio de Rupo, was asked to form a government but mediators were called in when negotiations failed last month.

The collapse is embarrassing for Belgium, which holds the European Union’s rotating presidency until January.

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