The EP elections in Belgium were held together with the federal and regional elections. The importance of the federal elections has been reagarded way higher. An analysis including the EP elections will follow soon.
Mathilde El Bakri is a new member of the Wallonian parliament in Brussels since May 25, 2014. The Left of the Left returned to the federal Parliament again with two MP's after the loss of the last communist seats in 1985. Interview by Gregory Mauzé, ACJJ.
The broad coalition government bringing together Social-democrats, conservatives and liberals has not been sanctioned. The “tactical voting” argument used by the PS (French-speaking social-democrats) did actually pay off, even though it led this center-right government. Both Dutch-speaking and French-speaking liberals marginally increase their 2010 score, so did the Dutch-speaking conservatives.
The NVA keeps on growing and get a third of Flemish votes, increasing of 3% its already excellent 2010 score, what had made it politically unavoidable for long months, before being pushed out of the negotiations after more than one year of political crisis. However, it would be wrong to see in this result a global improvement of the right-wing in Flanders: Indeed, the once very powerful extreme-right (Vlaams Belang and Lijs De Decker) has lost 6% of votes. The Center-Left maintains its anchorage: The greens and the Flemish section of Belgian Workers Party.
Less important than expected, the electoral breakthrough of PTB (Belgian Worker’s Party), a Marxist-Leninist party close to the Greek Communist Party, supported at this election by Communist Party and the LCR (Trotskyists) show the party’s anchorage in Wallonia and Brussels, and in some parts of Flanders. Only Wallonia will send two MP’s to the federal parliament (the firsts since the loss of the last communist seats in 1985), both elected in workers areas traditionally in favor of social-democrats. With 2.8% in Flanders, 5.3 in French-speaking Belgium, PTB, imposes itself as the only relevant party in the Kingdom.
Also here, the NVA’s rise is impressive, especially regarding the regional elections of 2009: the party go from 13 to 32%, mostly also here at the expense of the extreme right.
The other parties come far behind, with a marginal raise of ecologists.
If a right-wing majority seems natural, the presence of NVA is not indispensable to form a regional majority, the three traditional families having together absolute majority.
The major lesson is the collapse of the greens, especially regarding their exceptional score of 2009: Ecolo lost half of their seats at Brussels Parliament and two third of their representatives at Waloon Parliament.
Social-democrats keep the first place in Wallonia and Brussels, even though they lose votes. The French-speaking liberals marginally rise.
It’s in Brussels and in Wallonia that PTB make its best scores: He gain 4 seats in Brussels and 2 seats in Wallonia.
Gregory Mauzé, 26.5.2014
Dutch-speaking college: (12 seats)
NVA (right-wing nationalists): 27% (+17%), 4 seats
CD&V (conservatives): 20.2% (-3.1%), 3 seats
Open VLD (Liberals): 20.1% (-0.5%), 2 seats
SPA (Social-democrats): 13.2%(-0.1%), 1 seat
Groen (greens): 10.5% (+2.6%), 1 seat
PVDA (Marxists-leninists): 2.4% (+1.4%) 0 seats
French-speaking college (8 seats)
PS (social-democrats): 28.6% (-0.5%), 3 seats
MR (liberals): 28.1% (+2%), 3 seats
CDH (conservatives): 11.8% (-1.6%), 1 seat
Ecolo (greens): 11.7% (-11.2%), 1 seat
Parti Populaire (right wing liberal populism): 6.2%, 0 seats
PTB-Go! (Marxists-leninists): 5.1% (+3.9%), 0 seats
Belgian Worker's Party wins at regional election, does not enter EP.
IN POWER: Walloon Socialist Party
Radical left party in the EP: 0 seats of 22
The Workers' Party of Belgium (PTB-PVDA) was founded in 1979 and is – on the contrary to the majority of the other political parties - active in the whole Belgian territory. This Marxist party does not have any deputies on national or regional level, even though they experienced a breakthrough in the 2012 municipal and regional elections.
Find attached on the right at Documentation two texts in German on the pre-election situation of the Left in Belgium.