Vlaams Belang a 'threat' to Belgium's economy

19th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

19 November 2004, BRUSSELS - Flanders' far right political party the Vlaams Belang is posing a direct threat to the Belgian economy, according to a survey published on Friday.

19 November 2004

BRUSSELS - Flanders' far right political party the Vlaams Belang is posing a direct threat to the Belgian economy, according to a survey published on Friday.

The study, published by L'Echo, shows that for the first time in 12 years, the morale of Flemish employers has dropped beneath that of their French-speaking counterparts.  

The main reason, claims the survey, has been the rise of the far right Vlaams Belang - until last week called the Vlaams Blok - as employers fear the political instability the party may cause.

"Investors are looking for maximum stability," said Benoit Scheuer, the survey's author.

"If Vlaams continue to progress then decision-makers may decide to relocate and invest outside of Flanders."

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Subject: Belgian news

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