Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Far-right surge in triple election shocks Belgium

  1. #1
    The lion's gate
    Chlodovech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Last Online
    1 Hour Ago @ 08:12 PM
    Ethnicity
    Flemish
    Ancestry
    Frankish
    Country
    Holy Roman Empire Holy Roman Empire
    Gender
    Politics
    Völkisch traditionalist
    Religion
    Catholic
    Posts
    3,488
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1,765
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2,970
    Thanked in
    1,341 Posts

    Far-right surge in triple election shocks Belgium



    Great news, there were massive nationalist gains in the Belgian and Flemish elections. The Flemish media called yesterday another "black sunday", as they always do when the nationalists win an election. They don't mean an amazing Flemish sunday by that, but that's what it was. The Francophone press speaks of a "brown wave" and "black flood".

    Both nationalist parties, N-VA and V.B., scored 48% (!!!) in total in the federal elections, 44% in the regional (Flemish) elections and almost 42% in the E.U. elections. Vlaams Belang is entirely back from the dead - they gained another 13 to 14% and they're flirting with the 20% mark, they even went beyond it in the federal elections. If the bruised and battered establishment parties decide to ignore reality again and block the path of V.B. to power as they have been doing for 40 years, there will be no saving Belgium anymore come next elections. Even today forming a federal government is virtually impossible - no-one sees a way out so far. The Francophones voted for leftist parties and want to implement a kind of policy (with even more hand outs on top of the 11 billion euro a year we Flemings give them already) entirely unwelcome in Flanders - and the Flemish economic and social recipes are widely reviled in Wallonia so a rightwing government is out of the question for most Walloon parties. N-VA too already excluded the possibility of creating a minority government (with more Francophone representation than Flemish), which would be electoral suicide and a form of treason for the Flemish parties which take part in it. And the N-VA not going to form a government with the corrupt Wallloon socialists either regardless of the scenario.

    Only if all parties from the center to the far left unite and form a coalition govt. (including the communist party) can they keep Vlaams Belang and N-VA out of the federal government - and that ain't gonna happen. The nationalists just lack a couple of seats to force entrance by themselves and Vlaams Belang and N-VA would probably work together if they can achieve Flemish independence. So for now we have a complete political deadlock and the situation is utterly hopeless - meaning - the situation is entirely wonderful.

    This is the best opportunity ever to sabotage the Belgian state.

    Dutch-speaking nationalists on track to finish second in Flanders, while Greens surge to lead in Brussels.

    By Simon Van Dorpe, Laurens Cerulus and Hanne Cokelaere


    The far-right Vlaams Belang booked a huge win in Belgium's triple election Sunday, offsetting losses by parties in Prime Minister Charles Michel's outgoing government coalition.

    In the northern, Dutch-speaking Flanders region, provisional results put the far-right party on track to finish second with about 20 percent of the vote — a surge of over 14 percentage points. The right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) would remain the largest party in Belgium with around 28 percent of the Flemish votes, a drop of almost 5 percentage points.



    “This election was about our people, and our people have to come first,” President of Vlaams Belang Tom Van Grieken told a gathering of party militants in his victory speech.

    In the southern, French-speaking part of the country, Wallonia, early results suggest Michel's Reformist Movement (MR) is neck-and-neck with the previously dominant Socialist Party to become the largest at around 23-24 percent, followed closely by the Green party at 21 percent.

    In Brussels, the Flemish and French-speaking Greens are jointly expected to become the largest group.

    Co-President of the French-speaking Greens (Ecolo) Zakia Khattabi told her party base in Brussels that "the citizens that we've seen protesting week after week [for stronger climate policies] demanded an alternative. And they've chosen it: They've chosen Ecolo."

    The far-left Workers' Party is set to win big across the country too, winning around 8 percent of votes nationally.

    Michel's coalition partners faced electoral losses. The Flemish Christian democrat party CD&V and Flemish liberal party Open VLD are on course to lose 3.5 and 1.5 percentage points respectively, finishing at 15 percent and 14 percent.
    Source: Politico.eu
    “When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.“ – Robert Howard

  2. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Chlodovech For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Germania incognita
    „Friend of Germanics”
    Skadi Funding Member
    Hersir's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Last Online
    @
    Status
    Available
    Ethnicity
    Norwegian
    Ancestry
    Norway
    Subrace
    Nordid
    Y-DNA
    I2b1
    mtDNA
    J2a1a1b
    Country
    Norway Norway
    State
    South Trondelag South Trondelag
    Location
    Norway
    Gender
    Age
    33
    Zodiac Sign
    Pisces
    Family
    Single adult
    Politics
    Nationalist
    Posts
    6,130
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1,196
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    876
    Thanked in
    399 Posts
    A Belgian friend voted and is happy with the results.

  4. #3
    The lion's gate
    Chlodovech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Last Online
    1 Hour Ago @ 08:12 PM
    Ethnicity
    Flemish
    Ancestry
    Frankish
    Country
    Holy Roman Empire Holy Roman Empire
    Gender
    Politics
    Völkisch traditionalist
    Religion
    Catholic
    Posts
    3,488
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1,765
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2,970
    Thanked in
    1,341 Posts


    Inside the far right’s Flemish victory



    The radical nationalists outspent all their rivals on Facebook and Instagram messages targeting young male voters.

    Flanders, the far right and Facebook.

    That was the cocktail that helped the Belgian party Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) stage a surprise sorpasso in last weekend’s “triple election” to the federal, regional and European parliaments. As the results came in, the young guard currently in charge of the far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-Islam party saw that their strategy — conceived almost five years ago — had paid off.

    Vlaams Belang won up to 18.5 percent of votes in Dutch-speaking Flanders, a whopping 12.6-point surge compared to the last triple elections in 2014. Isolated for the past three decades from the political mainstream by an anti-extremist cordon sanitaire, Vlaams Belang managed to come second behind Belgium’s largest party, the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), which scored 24.8 percent.

    Party Chairman Tom Van Grieken's description of the winning formula sounds deceptively simple: “We talked about people, our people, and they have to come first,” he told POLITICO on Monday, as Belgium's political establishment wondered how to respond to one of the biggest surprises of the weekend's voting. Dazed and confused, the country's more moderate political forces initially had few clues to offer on how they intend to break the resulting political deadlock and form federal and regional governments.

    Somehow, Vlaams Belang's campaign delivered it 15 parliamentary seats in the federal parliament, up from a previous three seats. In the Flemish region, the party jumps to 23 seats from six. Aligned at the EU level with Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally list in France and Matteo Salvini’s League party in Italy, the party will be sending three MEPs to the European Parliament as well.

    The party scored especially well with young, male voters, Van Grieken said — a trend that had been spotted by pollsters ahead of Sunday's votes.

    “We’re the most popular party with young people, and political scientists agonize over why this is the case. It’s pretty simple: We had terror attacks [in Brussels in 2016], the biggest migration crisis,” he said. He added that Belgium's integration policy encourages cultural diversity but also causes resentment among some Flemish youngsters "who say ‘We want to experience our culture.’”

    If one single candidate epitomizes how Vlaams Belang won over young voters, it's Dries Van Langenhove.



    A 26-year-old who recently aligned himself to the party as an independent candidate, Van Langenhove gained national prominence as leader of an extreme-right youth movement called Shield and Friends, which is part of a broader phenomenon of so-called "Generation Identity" groups cropping up across Europe.

    Last September, an investigation by Belgian public broadcaster VRT documented how Van Langenhove’s group was running blatantly anti-Semitic and racist online chatrooms on platforms like Facebook and the gaming app Discord — flirting with neo-Nazi ideology and memes linked to the U.S. alt-right movement.

    The investigation shocked many Belgians. But Van Langenhove dismissed accusations and said the investigation misrepresented him, and used the spotlight to his own advantage, rallying young, far-right sympathizers at universities and elsewhere behind him. Then Vlaams Belang announced in January that it had recruited the extreme-right youngster to lead its list of candidates in one of Flanders’ five provincial constituencies.

    “Polls show I score very well with Flemish youth — even that I'm the most popular politician with that group,” Van Langenhove told POLITICO. Asked about his attachment to the identitarian movement Shield and Friends, he said: “Shield and Friends remains the future if you ask me. A real change in mentality with the Flemish youth remains necessary.”

    While Van Langenhove faced criticism, scrutiny and expressions of revulsion from the mainstream media and political figures, he performed well on social media.

    "What I do, my job, I can't do it without social media," Van Langenhove said, adding that his new seat in Belgium's federal parliament would help protect him from censorship for hate speech on platforms like Facebook.

    Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other platforms have come under criticism around the world in recent years for boosting fringe and radical groups in the political debate at the expense of moderates. These companies have tried to turn the tide by tweaking algorithms to repress messages that incite hatred. In the past year, under pressure from political leaders in Europe and elsewhere, they have also increasingly blocked and banned political figures who have violated their rules against spreading hate speech.

    In Belgium, Vlaams Belang has been more effective than probably any other party in concentrating its message — and campaign budget — on Facebook and other online platforms to spread its message.

    Public broadcaster VRT calculated that Vlaams Belang's expenditure on social media was double that of the country's largest (and richest) party, the New Flemish Alliance. The latter also spent half its online budget on Google ads, which Vlaams Belang didn't do. In total, Vlaams Belang spent nearly as much on Facebook and Google as all of the other Flemish parties combined.

    More on politico.eu

    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech
    Personal note of mine: only 2% of Vlaams Belang voters said their vote was motivated by Facebook ads, so take this all with a pinch of salt. Whining about FB is something the Flemish left has been doing (more than ever) since sunday, so this article must be at least partially seen within that context of leftist hysteria and demands for censorship of the opposition. However, Vlaams Belang has bought the biggest amount of advertisement space on FB in the last four weeks - no other party, individual or company spent as much - and I mean don't merely in Belgium, but in Europe as well - and potentially the world. Also of interest: Vlaams Belang has 400.000 likes on FB, while other Flemish parties only have a few 10.000.
    “When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.“ – Robert Howard

  5. #4
    The lion's gate
    Chlodovech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Last Online
    1 Hour Ago @ 08:12 PM
    Ethnicity
    Flemish
    Ancestry
    Frankish
    Country
    Holy Roman Empire Holy Roman Empire
    Gender
    Politics
    Völkisch traditionalist
    Religion
    Catholic
    Posts
    3,488
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1,765
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2,970
    Thanked in
    1,341 Posts
    The aftershocks of the election continue to devastate the losing parties.

    The christian democrats are looking for a new chairman and a new, unlikely candidate (an actor in several popular children's series) entered the fray: Walter De Donder ("Walter The Thunder"). He's from my home area and he's the best friend of an elderly friend of mine. For the first time in many decades more rightwing forces within the christian democrat party are trying to gain control of it. De Donder shocked many of the party bobos, the other candidates and other supposedly democratic parties plus the media by stating today that "our own people are pushed out of the cities and replaced by foreigners". He's talking about umvolkung. You can imagine how our journalists completely lost it. The solutions he proposed were nothing special however - "we need to talk more", that sort of gibberish - but it's good to see our genocide mentioned by a christian democrat and hence impossible to ignore for the media for a few days.

    Walter De Donder (‘Kabouter Plop’, CD&V): ‘Hele wijken van Antwerpen zijn ontvolkt en vervangen door andere groepen’



    De Vlaamse linkse partij CD&V is op zoek naar een voorzitter. Rechtse mensen zijn daarvoor niet gewenst, dus de lafaards Pieter ‘Crembo-van-den-Aldi’ De Crem en Hendrik Bogaert durven niet. Maar Plopperdeplop, daar is Walter De Donder, de acteur die gestalte geeft aan ‘Kabouter Plop’. Die heeft blijkbaar meer politiek verstand in zijn grote teen dan de rest van het CD&V-zootje in het hele lijf, want in een filmpje dat hij zelf op Twitter plaatste spreekt hij de waarheid over de ramp van de massa-immigratie. ‘Hele wijken van Antwerpen zijn ontvolkt van onze eigen mensen’, zo zegt hij, ‘en vervangen door andere groepen.’ Wat daarna komt is waardeloos (hij komt niet verder dan ‘we moeten eens praten’), maar voor de leugenpers is het duidelijk: ‘rassiesme!’ Benieuwd of zijn filmpje nog lang online blijft op zijn Twitteraccount: Een goede test om te zien of Kabouter Plop een echte vent is. CD&V’ers kennende zeggen wij: het staat er nog maximaal 3 uur op, dan is het weg. Maar hier blijft het alleszins staan, haha!
    Source: React
    “When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.“ – Robert Howard

Similar Threads

  1. Teenagers' Ignorance of Hitler Shocks
    By Hermóđr in forum The German Countries
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: Sunday, July 1st, 2012, 05:25 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •