The new Belgian coalition-government was sworn in at the beginning of October last year. Dubbed the “Swedish coalition,” to refer to the four parties’ colours and symbols, the centre-right coalition comprises the two Belgian liberal parties Mouvement Reformateur and Open Vld, the Flemish Christian-Democrats CD&V and the Flemish nationalist party NVA. Economic consolidation ranks as one of the coalition’s main priorities and labour unions have reacted with large protests against the economic reforms planned by the new government.
In January 2015, shortly after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a large anti-terrorist operation was launched in Belgium. Several terrorists were arrested, the terrorism alert was increased to level three and the government wants to propose new measures to combat terrorism.
At our Liberal Breakfast, we will discuss the chances and challenges inherent in the new coalition for the two liberal parties. After 100 days in office, how does the coalition hold up and what reforms has it undertaken? We will also debate how the government deals with massive protests and opposition to its measures and we will shed light on the new threats posed by terrorism.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
8.00 – 9.30h
Venue: ALDE Party, Rue d’Idalie 11, 1050 Brussels
Sir Graham Watson, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
Gwendolyn Rutten, Leader of Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (Open VLD)
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