The president of the CD&V, Joachim Coens, has not yet given up hope of a federal government formed around the PS / N-VA axis. “They said give them 50 days and they’re stuck after 25! I think we still have to make an effort to be able to form a majority“, he said this Monday evening in Terzake, the VRT program.
As leaders of the largest Flemish and French-speaking parties, Bart De Wever (N-VA) and Paul Magnette (PS) have tried to move forward in forming a new government in recent weeks. CD&V, cdH and sp.a were willing to enter the discussion, but the preformers failed to bring a sixth party on board to secure a majority.
This Monday, De Wever and Magnette tendered their resignation to the King, who has yet to respond. Joachim Coens still has hopes for a reboot. “If the biggest parties together ask to act, it seems to me that we should continue and try to reach this good coalition agreement.“, according to him.
Make a choice
It is suggested here and there that the attempt failed on the pressure that the PS would have operated to push the MR out. “At six partners, everyone is needed, which makes some people feel better“, slipped Joachim Coens again.”These are the two preformers who at a given moment choose to continue with a certain composition.“
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A purple green track then? “I don’t think that’s the solution now. I think we still have plenty of opportunities to talk“, estimates Joachim Coens. According to him, his party does not offer exclusivity to the green or liberal parties, but”it remains important, on the basis of what two parties can find in the form of consensus, to allow the other parties to participate in the discussion and to obtain a majority“.