“If we join Vivaldi, the opposition will be in the majority“, underlines the Minister of the Interior Pieter De Crem (CD&V) during an interview with De Standaard, also quoted in Het Nieuwsblad, Het Belang van Limburg and Gazet van Antwerpen. He considers that his party has nothing to do in such a government.
No, the seven-party train is not yet on track, according to De Crem. “If the purple-green parties want to go alone, they can. We are mathematically superfluous. My experience has taught me that this means we are not going to play any role“.
The CD&V has not received any guarantee of the score of the two preformers, Egbert Lachaert (Open Vld) and Conner Rousseau (sp.a), on the subject of the two salient themes, ethics and community, insists Pieter De Crem. “Niente, nada, niets. I do not have the impression that this text, which combines generalities, includes many of our points. It looks more like Groen’s program in Ecolo […].“
Unless the Vivaldi drafts a center-right text in the fields of migration, economy or security, Pieter De Crem pleads for an opposition cure for his party. “I do not understand the chronic moans that do not want to see the CD&V in opposition. If we cannot play any role in the opposition, then we certainly cannot play a role in the Vivaldi.“
Pieter De Crem still ensures that he has the support of the local sections of the CD&V. “At all levels, there is a lot of reluctance. But for our local representatives, purple-green is simply unthinkable.“