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I think that being on a list requires registration in a district, so that, yes, there are only three districts where both the Flemish and Walloon parties are on the ballot. Ideologically aligned parties across language groups don't automatically form coalitions. There's quite some politics involved. But I think that practically, they will still end up doing so.
There is a small German-speaking community, but it is too small to field its own political party for the elections. It does have a separate senator in the senate, otherwise it votes in the Walloon district in which it lives. As Belgium is a federal state, the German community also has a large degree of self-governance.
The poll in Brussels was only with regard to the French-speaking parties. I just found another poll of the Dutch-speaking parties, but that one is already over two weeks ago.
Why Verhofstadt has not been able to govern effectively is stuff for another diary.
And what are the numbers of Ecolo in Brussels/French part?
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to poll only one language group or another at a time in a mixed district like Brussels. That just wouldn't tell you very much about how the seats will break down. It seems obvious to me that they'd need to poll the entire district about all the candidates on the ballot to get a real sense of who's going to win what. Am I missing something? What a curious decision.
Has there ever been a party that attempted to win support from (or field candidates in) both the Flemish and Walloon communities? In other words, crossing the linguistic divide to talk about issues that are of concern to all Belgians? Or is the linguistic identity too central to how people perceive their interests to allow that?
I'm just curious about that because it reminds me a bit of Lebanon.... Hopefully not as volatile, though.
There is no Belgian media. A political scientist from Antwerp - Dave Sinardet - has researched how much attention there is in the TV news for events across the language border: 3 percent. Even French-speaking ministers of the Belgian government get little time in the Flemish TV, and vice versa. "It is de facto more useful for a Flemish politican to visit the pub around the corner on a sunday afternoon than to go to the studios of RTBF", Sinardet writes in a recently published book (What Belgium stands for).
right now there are two completely different communities on diverging economic paths and with completely separated media environments.
I hope you'll pardon me for saying this, but that doesn't sound terribly sustainable.
(As a clarification: I'm writing this as a Dutchman in Berlin. I can't possibly be offended by anything said about the Belgians. I also have the difficulty of analysing a system I'm not all that familiar with from a distance, but I have a slightly better access to information as I can follow the Dutch-speaking press. I think we have some Belgian readers, like ElcoB IIRC, and I hope they can give additional information)
diverging economic paths..
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