BIG SEPARATIST GAINS IN LOCAL BELGIAN ELECTIONS
The leader of a separatist party won the race to become mayor of Antwerp, Europe’s second biggest port city, and vowed Sunday to use the power base to seek wider autonomy for Belgium’s wealthy Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.
Bart De Wever’s NV-A party made sweeping gains throughout northern Flanders and immediately called on French-speaking Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo to give more rights of self-rule to Flanders.
De Wever said `’we want to give Flemings the government they want at all levels. That is why I call on Elio Di Rupo and the Francophone politicians. Take up your responsibility” and work for more regional autonomy.
He says he will work for even bigger gains for separatists at the 2014 national elections.