Flemish Interest president Tom Van Grieken
Flemish Interests to achieve a legal and electoral victory. But the party buys little.
Perhaps even more important than the election victory on Sunday, October 14 for the Flemish Interest, is the judgment that the court of appeal in Antwerp a day later pronounced. That judgment ensures Publishing …
Perhaps even more important than the election victory on Sunday, October 14 for the Flemish Interest, is the judgment that the court of appeal in Antwerp a day later pronounced. That judgment ensures Publishing company Egmont, which books of Vlaams Belangers publish, a place at the book Fair. Especially the motivation of the court is interesting. The organisers had unsuccessfully claimed that Egmont, ‘which has close links with a political party that is racist or discriminatory tendencies would exhibit’.
Such things could not be demonstrated, so is the judgment. It is not because a number of non-profit organisations around the Vlaams Blok in 2004, was convicted for racism, that line extended should be to the Vlaams belang. ‘The considerations with regard to the past of the Vlaams Block do not matter.’
The judgment strengthens the party in the idea that they are unjustly excluded from machtsdeelname, the so-called cordon sanitaire. That leads to a situation such as that in Ninove and Denderleeuw, where Vlaams belang, the largest party, but no coalition on the leg can bring.
Why a cordon?
Why? ‘The cordon has been in existence since 1989 because the party is not the basic norms and values of the civilization subscribed’, reconstructs Jos Geysels, the spiritual father of the cordon and former Agalev-politician. ‘That cordon dates back to before the conviction for racism in 2004, and remains relevant after the judgment of last week.’ The cordon is not a legal construction, but a principal establishment, Geysels. Eventually she decides that majorities are formed outside the party, which is still democratic.
It seems that the Flemish Interest is little to buy with the legal victory. “It is clear that the Vlaams belang relying on xenophobic and racist feelings’, is the response to Steffen Van Roosbroeck, spokesperson for CD&V.” When a newspaper published that the candidate of Vlaams belang Hitlerfans were, was the response from the party as good as non-existent. Who of that kind of stuff not right with the carrot wants to go out, it gives at least the impression there is no problem. With such a party can, and we do not want to work with.’
That response gave earlier, also Open VLD president Gwendolyn Rutten. For N-VA to prove such cases as well as the much talked about ‘chocolate’post by Guy D’haeseleer in Ninove that the Vlaams belang itself the cordon is in position.
Nevertheless, it was the cordon for the past week under the local weight of Vlaams belang. N-VA opts in Ninove for the opposition but considering file per file gedoogsteun will deliver if Forza Ninove control. In Grimbergen, close, Open VLD and N-VA have an agreement with Renewal, the list of ex-Vlaams Belanger Bart Laeremans with Luk Raekelboom, who is a member of Vlaams belang.
In Willebroek and Beringen became ex-Vlaams Belangers in the board of directors via a list or via the N-VA. But that horde was already in 2012, taken, when, for example, mr Karim Van Overmeire, a former Member of parliament for Vlaams Blok and co-author of the infamous 70 point plan in Aalst voted for N-VA. That to the dissatisfaction of coalition partner SP.A, which is finally in two and tore on the issue.