Flemish nationalists face Catalan independence dilemma

Government under threat if N-VA pushes to recognize an independent Catalonia.

Flemish separatists could bring down the Belgian government in order to pledge support for an independent Catalonia, according to media reports Tuesday.

At a meeting of European pro-independence movements in December, Jan Jambon, Belgium’s interior minister and deputy prime minister, was asked if he was prepared to let the government fall on the issue of recognizing Catalan independence. His answer was “we cannot risk losing our credibility.”

Jambon is a senior member of the Flemish nationalist N-VA, the largest party in Belgian politics. His comments were picked up by a fringe left-leaning separatist magazine in December, but only hit the mainstream Belgian press Tuesday.

Read the full article here: http://www.politico.eu/article/catalonia-spells-trouble-belgium-government-jambon-flanders-separatism/

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