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follows big win by populist anti-immigration right in neighboring Holland

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Belgium's national capital of Brussels is also adminstrative capital of the European Union, but this relationship may become very strained if Belgians vote in their June 2024 election the way polls are showing currently. 

Two populist / nationalist anti-immigration and eurosceptic parties, Vlaams Balang and the New Flemish Alliance, are surging in the polls and between them polling just under fifty percent of the national vote.  Both parties also advocate that the nation be divided with the much more populous and economically developed Dutch-speaking Flanders, including the capital Brussels, separating from the less successful and less populated French-speaking Waloonia, although the two parties do not agree on timetables for that division.

The two populist right parties are on the knife edge of obtaining a majority between themselves, but if they fall just short, there are two traditional center-right parties that could potentially provide a coalition partner.

Opposition to illegal immigration is a big issue in Belgium, as it was in the Dutch election, but so is opposition to increasing EU control of national affairs, and to the EU "green" regulations that are driving up energy prices.  Both populist parties want to significantly whittle down the power of the EU.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1850457/eu-belgium-flanders-vlaams-belang-brussels

Belgium belonged to Spain for several centuries when it was known as the Spanish Netherlands, and then to Austria for almost a century, being known as the Austrian Netherlands up to the Napoleonic Wars.  It was awarded to the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the Congress of Vienna after the Napoleonic Wars but seceded in 1830 and became an independent country.

Belgium is not the only European country voting in 2024 where the populist / nationalist anti-immigration right is surging.  Portugal will vote in March in a snap election for parliament after the Socialist prime minister was caught in a corruption scandal involving green energy and his government fell.  Polls are showing the populist / nationalist anti-immigration Chega Party doubling its vote, and likely to be able to form a majority government with the country's traditional right.


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( January 1st, 2024 @ 9:45 am )
 
Illegal immigration is also likely to have a big impact on elections to the EU parliament, also due in 2024. Polls taken across all the nations in the EU show a big increase in vote for populist / nationalist anti-immigration parties, while the traditional right holds the ground it has, and the socialists, liberals, and greens will suffer big losses. The polls show that it is likely that a combination of the traditional right and the populist / nationalist anti-immigration right will hold a solid majority in the new EU parliament. Public disgust at the invasion of Europe by Third World illegal alien "asylum seekers" is at the heart of the rise of the populist right, although other issues like the idiot "green" regulations of the EU also play a role.



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