The radicalisation of Flemish nationalism

A markedly conciliatory note was struck by New Flemish Alliance leader Bart De Wever on the day his N-VA party won a shock 30% of votes in the Belgian elections of 13 June 2010. After the result came in that night, the iconic leader cautioned an indomitable crowd of victorious N-VA militants that the monster score meant that “70% of Flemish people didn’t vote for us today,” prompting brief, ironic jeers from gathered activists. In a measured victory address, De Wever spoke of the need to build bridges with rival parties in an implicit admission that N-VA’s historic mission – Flemish independence – was still some way off.

This is an opinion piece first published on opendemocracy.net on 14 November 2013. Download a PDF version.

 

 

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