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.

Related Links
Commentary and Analysis
Politico, 23/05/2019: 7 things to watch in Belgium’s elections
Wikipedia: 2019 Belgian federal election
Euro|Topics, 29/05/2019: Is Belgium breaking up?

Reuters, 27/05/2019: 'Under one flag': two Belgiums seek one government after vote
Dialy Times, 27/05/2019: Belgium votes with expected surge by Greens, far right
Politico, 27/05/2019: Election treble spells trouble for Belgium
EurActiv, 27/05/2019: Belgium’s ‘Black Sunday’ sees far-right surge, threatens new government crisis
The Brussels Time, 27/05/2019: Election weekend splits Belgium in two
Politico, 28/05/2019: Belgian government deadlock muddles EU commissioner appointment
BBC News, 29/05/2019: Belgium king meets far-right Vlaams Belang party leader
EurActiv, 31/05/2019: Belgian king names pointmen to help forge new government

IBZ: Official Results

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