The chairman of Open VLD, Egbert Lachaert, faces a dilemma. Will he continue with the blue-green bubble, or will he fall back on the residual Wilmès government? It is not yet clear, so it remains to be seen what the Palace will decide on Monday.
If there is no federal government after 6 months, I would argue for a mirror government. The Flemish and Walloon government parties must then jointly govern and prepare a budget. Each party supplies 1 minister. ‘ That was the scheme that Open VLD chairman Egbert Lachaert put on the table in the presidential elections.
Lachaert is in a difficult position, because he himself was asking for a purple-yellow story. And yet he has not made it possible.
Yet it is not clear in which direction Lachaert wants to go, now that the attempt by Bart De Wever and Paul Magnette to create a government with the N-VA and PS has failed. It has put Lachaert in a difficult position, because he himself was asking for a purple-yellow story. And yet he has not made it possible.
Lachaert has always been consistent in his attitude. He wants to boost the credibility of the liberals by working on a dark blue program. If that does not work in a government, Lachaert would rather opt for opposition.
The fact that last year he resisted the attempt by his predecessor Gwendolyn Rutten to start a purple-green adventure with PS leader Paul Magnette, had everything to do with content. Lachaert is not in advance against purple-green or Vivaldi, but he thought that the Magnette note was too red, as he now also thought about the Magnette-De Wever note.
Lachaert is not in advance against purple-green or Vivaldi, but he thought that the Magnette note was too red, as he now also thought about the Magnette-De Wever note.
But by shooting first purple-green and now also purple-yellow, Lachaert has placed himself in a difficult position. Because the most obvious scenario is that he is pushed to the left, that he and Ecolo Co-President Jean-Marc Nollet are instructed to move from the blue-green bubble created by MR President Georges-Louis Bouchez. to put together a purple-green or Vivaldi government.
The greens are ready to make their first move in this lengthy formation. Bouchez himself would also like, but Lachaert is in danger of having to take a turn. Because how realistic is it to think that he will now get his dark blue program approved with the socialists and the greens? In any case, the Socialists do not intend to go below the bar, which they have always set high. First in the negotiations with Rutten, and then in the conversations with De Wever.
How realistic is it to think that Lachaert will now have his dark blue program approved with the socialists and the greens?
Lachaert stops the boat. It is risky for him to risk his credibility and get into such a bold story with the Greens when he doesn’t even know if it has a chance of success. Lachaert has other plans, he says. On Twitter today, he again refers to the Arizona coalition, the government as he envisioned it, before N-VA and PS took over command. If they had let him do it, there would have been a government for a long time, he thinks. But that opportunity has now completely disappeared.
The basic philosophy behind Arizona was that the Liberals wanted to create a government based on the Wilmès government. If Lachaert already has a plan, it seems logical that he wants to see again from the Wilmès government whether a majority can be formed around the blue axis.
In that view, it would be equally logical for Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès to finally come into the field. Wilmès can then look for a majority herself, which she will need if she asks for confidence in parliament again in mid-September. Of course it is daytime soon, which means that Bouchez will think twice before sending his goldcrest on a mission impossible. But it can also work if socialists or greens can be convinced to participate.
Elections are not a real alternative. All traditional parties are too afraid of the voter for that.
And if it all fails, then the liberals will not be overboard either. If they fail to expand that government, then the Wilmès government will simply sit and continue in current affairs. Because elections are not a real alternative. All traditional parties – who have been displaying their inability for more than a year now – are too afraid of the voter for that.