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Thanks a million for this diary.  The Belgian electoral system is fascinating.

Forgive me if I'm about to ask some dumb questions.  So there are only two districts -- Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorden plus the two districts mentioned in note 2 -- where both the Flemish and Walloon parties are on the ballots?  Do the ideologically aligned parties from the two language groups automatically caucus together, or form coalitions?  Isn't there a small German-speaking community, and where do they fall in the electoral geography?  Why are the polls in Brussels only among the French-speaking community?

Now for non-logistical question... why has the PM not been able to govern effectively?  Because that seems like quite a dramatic drop in popularity.

Sorry to pelt you with questions, but as I said, I think the system is really interesting, and I know not very much about it.

Thanks again for the diary!  And here's hoping that it won't swing too far rightward.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Jun 7th, 2007 at 06:25:21 PM EST

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