Flemish separatists block coalition talks in Belgium

Photo: Pho­to: Inter­net The com­pro­mise pro­pos­al by Flem­ish Social­ist Johan Van­de Lan­otte was reject­ed.

Bel­gi­um's Flem­ish sep­a­ra­tists, the N-VA, have reject­ed on Wednes­day a pro­pos­al on talks to end a polit­i­cal stand­off, world news agen­cies report­ed.

Bel­gi­um's Flem­ish sep­a­ra­tists, the N-VA, have reject­ed on Wednes­day a pro­pos­al on talks to end a polit­i­cal stand­off, world news agen­cies report­ed. The coun­try has been with­out an effect­ive gov­ern­ment for more than 200 days and the future looks unclear. The sev­en polit­i­cal par­ties -- four from Dutch-speak­ing Flan­ders, three from  French-speak­ing Wal­lo­nia slat­ed to form a coa­li­tion gov­ern­ment had been hand­ed the com­pro­mise pro­pos­al this week by Flem­ish Social­ist Johan Van­de Lan­otte, a go-between named by Albert II, AFP informs. The Flem­ish sep­a­ra­tist par­ty N-VA, which won the highest num­ber of votes at the coun­try's last elec­tions, said it had "fun­da­men­tal remarks" object­ing to a text that was to form a basis for nego­ti­a­tions, accord­ing to Reu­ters. Cen­tral to the dis­cus­sion was a 60-page doc­u­ment con­tain­ing the text to which the N-VA object­ed. The doc­u­ment had been aimed at offer­ing a com­pro­mise of great­er auton­o­my to the N-VA, which is in favour of inde­pend­ence. A string of efforts to ham­mer out a com­pro­mise have fail­ed one aft­er the oth­er, leav­ing Bel­gi­um rud­der­less for a record 206 days by Wednes­day.

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