Another little escalation of the pressure in Belgium. Via EuroIntelligence:
The political situation in Belgium is becoming increasingly dramatic. After negotiations have broke down twice, the king asked for a new round of consultations to find a compromise over institutional reforms, possibly the last chance before organising new elections. Many expect that new elections would nothing but radicalise the positions, Le Monde reports. According to polls, the separatist NVA would get more than 30% of the votes in Flanders.
Well, in fact, that’s not many more votes than they have already. One suspects, though, that this 30% figure for Flemish separatism doesn’t convey the main point: a more widespread Flemish view that, short of outright separatism, it’s not time to back down from a tough negotiating stance. The Flemish rejoinder to another Walloon suggestion takes a very predictable form:
French-speaking socialists now evoked a plan B, where Wallonia and Brussels would form a new Belgium. The Flemish response was that if they want to keep the heritage they can also keep the whole of the Belgian debt.
So that’s the Belgian national debt dragged into this increasingly fraught-looking game of chicken. One hopes the players know what they are doing.