Belgian federal election, May 2019

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Reports and analyses related to the federal election held in Belgium on 30 May 2019.

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Belgians choose separate candidates and parties, depending on the region they live in. As in the past political leaders found it difficult to put together a viable government in Belgium taking into account the linguistic and cultural divide in the country.

The far-right Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) scored a huge win in the northern region of Flanders, finishing second with 18, 75%, after right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA (24,9%)). The win of these right-wing parties stands in contrast to a win of the Greens in Brussels and the results in Wallonia, where the Socialist PS suffered losses, but remained the strongest party in the region with 26,2% of votes, followed by Prime Minister Charles Michel's liberal MR party on 21, 4%. Green party Ecolo nearly tripled its score to 14,5%.

The process of forming a new federal government was expected to become very difficult due to the shift to the left in French-speaking south and to the right in Dutch-speaking North.

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Commentary and Analysis
Politico, 23/05/2019: 7 things to watch in Belgium’s elections https://www.politico.eu/article/7-things-to-watch-in-belgium-elections-flanders-wallonia-charles-michel-brussels-parliament/
Wikipedia: 2019 Belgian federal election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Belgian_federal_election
Euro|Topics, 29/05/2019: Is Belgium breaking up? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/220780/is-belgium-breaking-up

News
Reuters, 27/05/2019: 'Under one flag': two Belgiums seek one government after vote https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-belgium-election/under-one-flag-two-belgiums-seek-one-government-after-vote-idUKKCN1SX13Y
Dialy Times, 27/05/2019: Belgium votes with expected surge by Greens, far right https://dailytimes.com.pk/401605/belgium-votes-with-expected-surge-by-greens-far-right/
Politico, 27/05/2019: Election treble spells trouble for Belgium https://www.politico.eu/article/belgium-election-results-analysis/
EurActiv, 27/05/2019: Belgium’s ‘Black Sunday’ sees far-right surge, threatens new government crisis https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/belgian-black-sunday-sees-far-right-surge-threatening-new-government-crisis/
The Brussels Time, 27/05/2019: Election weekend splits Belgium in two https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/57327/election-weekend-splits-belgium-in-two/
Politico, 28/05/2019: Belgian government deadlock muddles EU commissioner appointment https://www.politico.eu/article/belgian-government-charles-michel-deadlock-complicates-commissioner-appointment/
BBC News, 29/05/2019: Belgium king meets far-right Vlaams Belang party leader https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48454034
EurActiv, 31/05/2019: Belgian king names pointmen to help forge new government https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/belgian-king-names-pointmen-to-help-forge-new-government/

Official
IBZ: Official Results https://elections2019.belgium.be/en/results-figures?el=CK&id=CKR00000

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