Flemish separatists block coalition talks in Belgium
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.