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Decision day approaches in Belgian general elections

Decision day approaches in Belgian general elections
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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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