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Belgian government talks restart


The leader of Belgium’s Flemish Independence Party, the NVA, has been asked to head new negotiations to form a government.

Bart de Wever had walked away from coalition discussions earlier this week.

French Socialist leader Elio de Rupo presided over previous talks which reached a dead end on Monday.

Belgium has been without a proper government since elections in June.

The situation has been embarrassing for the country which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Talks have stalled because of disagreement between parties over greater fiscal autonomy for Flanders.

Francophones fear their part of Belgium, Wallonia, will become poorer as a result.

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