SP.A president Conner Rousseau will meet with the trio on Thursday trying to form an “Arizona” federal coalition.
The presidents of the parties forming the current federal government, Georges-Louis Bouchez (MR), Joachim Coens (CD&V) and Egbert Lachaert (Open Vld) are trying to broaden their minority coalition by adding the N-VA, the CDH and the SPA. They thus wish to form a majority coalition “Arizona”, recalling the colors of the flag of this American state.
Monday, the trio wanted to organize a first plenary meeting. But it could not be held, after the successive refusals of the Flemish socialists and the CHR. The tone rose between the potential partners, except for the Flemish nationalists of the N-VA, who remained silent.
Tuesday, CDH president Maxime Prévot was received for more than three hours by the trio of informants.
On Wednesday morning, the SP.A indicated that it was not closing the door on this formula for good. The party claims however guarantees on paper on three basic requirements, which are part of its “New Social Deal”: measures in favor of purchasing power (increase in low wages, pensions), structural investments in the sector health care (beyond the 600 million euros already mobilized by the federal government) and “fairer taxation”, including a greater contribution from large incomes.
The presence of the French-speaking socialists of the PS is not mentioned as a prerequisite by the sp.a. “We are not married to the PS”, launched on Bel RTL, Wednesday morning, the head of the group in the Flemish parliament Hannelore Goeman.