How Vandenbroucke threw all the cards on the table, when the criti …

© BELGA After a day of criticism, Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke (sp.a) has taken flight: he is making public the advice that led to the decision on October 30 to also close non-essential stores. He indirectly corrects his own statement, which suggested that the closure was mainly done to create a shock effect. Matthias […]

Portrait of “Master Frank”, the Deputy Prime Minister who does not …

© BELGAIMAGE No matter how hard the others on the Consultation Committee tried, relaxing at Christmas is not an issue for the time being. That is not surprising: Frank Vandenbroucke (SP.A) had announced that it was too early for that. And if the 66-year-old Minister of Health says something, it usually stays that way. Portrait […]

SP.A postpones official name change

SP.A is postponing its official name change to FORWARD until early next year “due to current corona measures”. That says party spokesman Niels Pattyn. There is still mediation with the Vooruit arts center, but according to the party the name change will happen anyway. In September, party chairman Conner Rousseau announced via Instagram that SP.A […]

Political chaos in healthcare took unnecessary lives …

Our endlessly complicated political system with no fewer than eight Ministers of Health has caused many extra deaths. Virologist Marc Van Ranst and the editor-in-chief of The Lancet Richard Horton. Political scientists and even many politicians agree. But what can be done to end the current cacophony? We asked the various parties. Who orders mouth […]

From swearing-in to lockdown: Frank Vandenbroucke has been wearing …

Minister Frank Vandenbroucke’s tie Photo: ISOPIX Ever since his oath, Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke (SP.A) has made almost every public appearance with the same tie. Whether for a press conference, a visit to the television studio or when visiting a hospital in Liège. A conscious choice? A little bit, it sounds in his cabinet. […]

Even after 493 days it remains difficult, but: “The obligatory cr …

The landing of Vivaldi remains difficult. The negotiators did not meet their first deadline, but the king granted the co-formateurs some extra time. “As soon as possible”, they received the message. Main obstacle is the budget. How much room do they have for new policy? And how are they going to pay for that? “We […]

Socialists and Open VLD do it (for a while) alone: ​​first big …

Open VLD and the socialist family are working out a major framework agreement that should push the formation definitively towards the finish. MR Chairman Georges-Louis Bouchez must then say “oui” by way of bowing down. CD&V only came in late. “We know enough about the concerns to take them into account,” the preformers say. Less […]

Political scientist Carl Devos on political chaos: “Definitive e …

Political scientist Carl Devos (UGent) describes the current situation as very chaotic. But also as a situation that can go in all directions. “What we expect now, that this will mean the definitive end of Vivaldi, may look completely different in the future.” Political scientist Carl Devos is afraid to say that the SP.A ultimatum […]

Segers (SP.A) hates ‘opaque and illegal’ cooperation …

Flemish parliament member Katia Segers (SP.A) finds the agreement between the VRT and Streamz non-transparent and illegal. She mentions ‘a clear violation to the letter and spirit of the media decree’. In the context of its participation in Streamz, the public broadcaster makes part of its catalog available, while three new series that were made […]