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A Belgian update - last one on them for a while, probably

The results are in, care of the website of Belgian brodcaster RTBF:

"In Flanders, all eyes were on Antwerp and its suburbs for the results for the Vlaams Belang. For the first time, the Vlaams Belang did not advance in the second city..but advanced elsewhere.

The incumbent [Socialist] mayor of Antwerp, Patrick Janssens, was bolstered, and the Vlaams Belang did not progress. But with the exception of Antwerp, the party of the extreme right generally advanced in comparison with the municipal elections of 2000."


Psephologists may well be impressed by the Belgian government's site which gives current results, and, gulp, data going back to 1848. Yes, really. The Liberals outpolled the Catholic party in Hainaut at 12 seats to 4 in 1848.
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Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:56 pm

God, Belgium's so zippy and interesting I just can't stand it!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:05 am

Ras le bol avec les Belges, peut etre?

No more Belgium for the rest of the month, barring anything truly apocalytic, promise.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:58 am

Oh, thank God! After the excitement of Latvia, I just couldn't support it!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:45 am

Harrumph...  



Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 10:29 am

having lived there I find it fascianting.the far right is one of the best organised in Europe and is well supported in Flemish areas.  



Blogger The Hitch said... 10:52 am

Things are geting interesting , I may yet get to wear that black uniform I have long dreamed of.
It will probably take a small weird nation like Belgium to create the tipping point.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:29 am

"The Liberals outpolled the Catholic party in Hainaut at 12 seats to 4 in 1848."

These were the good old times when the liberals still were for more liberty instead of more government.

What does the "far-right" stand for in Belgium, for National Socialism or are they just opposed to Socialism for deserving the label?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:40 am

Colin, the VB seems to be a a bit of a hybrid. It seems to be economically free market, but socially conservative. So far, respectable enough.

It gets just a bit more edgy with its call for amnesties for WW2 collaborators and repatriation of economic immigrants who fail to assimilate. Pim Fortuyn called the VB's leader a fascist.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:32 pm

Croydonian,

Thank you for this helpful information.

Who is the leader of the VB? Paul Belien, the editor of The Brussels Journal ?

His writings indicate that he seems to believe in Christianism and free markets.

Is there evidence I am not aware of that Mr. Belien is a fascist?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:59 pm

Colin, no, the VB's biggest cheese is a chap called Filip Dewinter. More at Wikipedia  



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