Belgium Alarm bell sounded

29 April 2010

The current constitutional crisis in Belgium is deepening by the day. As mentioned in an earlier post titled Belgian government resigns, the government has fallen, and there is no accord between the French and Dutch-speaking about the constituency called B-H-V. In today’s plenary parliamentary session, an ‘alarm bell’ was sounded, which is a mechanism to stop a bill from being discussed, if the bill pertains to the linguistic groups’ interests. The Flemish parties wanted to press ahead with the splitting of this constituency, however, the French parties exercised this procedure to stall this move. The Belgian parliament however had enough time to pass a law to ban the burka and niqab in public.