Just after the publishing of the results were the first mayors already sure of their sash. But in some cities and municipalities is something else, and is the end of the coalitiebesprekingen not for immediate. An overview.
That the discussions take, in some cases, to do with the fact that the results are not clear-cut (think of Gent). There are several workable options are possible, and the discussion is often about who is the most important role.
In Antwerp or Sint-Gillis can the mayor choose a narrow majority with political supporters or a wider, but with a partner who is ideologically difficult to reconcile. Choose the mayor for the continuation of the coalition, or a wider but less obvious co-operation? A choice that is not within the week.
Also in cities such as Oostende is playing political aversion of potential partners play a key role: gedoodverfd mayor Bart Tommelein (Open VLD) wants to reign with N-VA, CD&V and Green, and certainly not with SP.A. But Green, in the middle of the bed, gives the preference to SP.A and Open VLD. In some cases, such as Ninove and Denderleeuw, is it the fact that Flemish Interest there is the winner and no one of them wants to work. In a number of municipalities with linguistic facilities like Flemish parties do not know of a coalition with French-speaking, the number of options immediately firmly limited.
Important exceptions to these difficult negotiations are the places where the mayors only a few seats shortage to get an absolute majority to acquire. They want the cake and eat it, and take the time to meet with all possible partners to talk to in order to come to an agreement. This is for example the case in Roeselare and Vilvoorde.