Van Rompuy's mission close to failure

24th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2007, BRUSSELS – Herman Van Rompuy's task to restart the formation talks is on the verge of failure. Unless the francophones come with a breakthrough this morning, he will have nothing but bad news for the king this afternoon.

24 September 2007

BRUSSELS – Herman Van Rompuy's task to restart the formation talks is on the verge of failure. Unless the francophones come with a breakthrough this morning, he will have nothing but bad news for the king this afternoon.

For three weeks Van Rompuy has tried to force a breakthrough, or at the very least create an opening, to restart the formation negotiations between the Flemish and francophone liberal and Christian democrat parties.

The full leadership of the Flemish Christian democrats (CD&V) met on Saturday for an evaluation meeting and had no choice but to ascertain that the talks with Open VLD, MR and CDH have yielded virtually no results. Attempts to engage Ecolo and PS in finding a solution have also failed.

"We are not optimistic, and that is putting it lightly," says a CD&V member who was present at the meeting on Saturday. The evaluation meeting, which lasted more than three hours, was very animated. "But the progress that has been made is so minor that no one could be enthusiastic."

"We do not plan to deviate from our plan," said a CD&V member. "In some circles people are apparently concerned that there is no government. We take note of that, but it is no reason to give in on our standpoints."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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