i on europe


Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Belgian parties near deal to create government

Elio di Rupo is expected to beecome Belgium's next prime minister


BRUSSELS — Political negotiators in Belgium, stung into action by a credit downgrade, agreed Saturday on budgets for the next three years, clearing the way for the country to get a permanent government in the coming days.

Belgium has had only a caretaker government since June 13, 2010, as a series of negotiators tried and failed to bridge the divide between the country’s 6.5 million Dutch-speakers and its 4.5 million French-speakers. But the talks were given much greater urgency late Friday when Standard & Poor’s downgraded Belgium’s credit rating, potentially leading to increasing interest rates and a downward financial spiral.

Negotiators for six political parties hurriedly resumed their talks at 6 p.m. on Friday and continued through the night. They reached a deal around noon on Saturday.

Guillaume de Walque, a spokesman for Elio di Rupo — the man leading the talks and the presumed new prime minister — told The Associated Press by text message the parties have reached an agreement on the budgets for 2012, 2013 and 2014, as well as on structural reforms and labor and pension reforms.



Filed under: Story links

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Don Melvin

Slobodan Lekic

Raf Casert

  • RT @AP_Travel: A dare: Skip the Colosseum and Vatican on a trip to Rome? Some strategies to beat overtourism in a crazed world of selfie st… 3 weeks ago
  • RT @SamLitzinger: My grandfather, John L. Litzinger, was wounded in WWI. I remember as a child being fascinated by the long scar on his arm… 3 weeks ago
  • Belleau Wood and what it meant for the United States 100 years ago. Turning point for a nation. My story wapo.st/2ksCNHz?tid=ss… 4 weeks ago
  • FIFA and VAR have a lot riding at the World Cup . Will the system to end refereeing scandal, somehow add to it?… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 month ago
  • RT @jackschickler: By my reckoning this is Day 3110 of the Greece crisis. On Day 1: - Britney Spears was at No. 1 - Ivanka Trump was just a… 1 month ago
%d bloggers like this: