EUelections 2019: Elections in Belgium – towards another world record?

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Belgium is known over the world for fries, chocolate and the intricacy of its political system. It looks as if the country might be able to secure a new spot in the history books after the elections of May 2019. Belgians voted for the European, general and regional elections on the same day, and some of the electoral results were largely unexpected.

Belgium is a federal state. There is a central government by and large in charge of security and defence, international affairs and social security. There are also three communities and three regions. The three communities (French-speaking, Flanders and German-speaking) are particularly responsible for education. The three regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels) are supervising the economy, employment and energy. Czytaj więcej

What do we celebrate in Belgium, and why?

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Logo-federation-wallonie-bruxellesOn September 27th, (a part of) Belgium will celebrate! Many cultural events (theatre, sports, concerts…) will be organised throughout Brussels and Wallonia for Belgian residents who will enjoy them because of bank holiday. This time, the King will not be the centre of attention, but the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Since 1993 indeed, Belgium is officially a federation but the so-called linguistic communities were created well before: the French Community (former name of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation) is indeed celebrated since its foundation in 1981. Celebration days, as everything else related to politics in Belgium are not neutral: they encompass a specific story that tells long about the spirit that describes Belgian politics. This short article intends to present some of today’s strong tendencies.

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The abdication of King Albert II of Belgium: a worsening factor in an already turbulent political life?

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Palais_royal_de_Bruxelles_-_nocturne_25At 6PM on July 3rd, the King of the Belgians, Albert II, announced his will to abdicate on July 21st, 2013 (Belgian national day). This is not a complete surprise as the rumour was in the air since March but no bookmaker would have bet on today. However, and this is symptomatic of his reign, the date was carefully chosen: an agreement was reached Monday on the periodical review of the federal budget between the federal, the regional and the community levels, and we are several months before the 2014 federal elections which already promise much work to commentators of the Belgian heated political life.

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