Belgium in Search of a Stance on Today’s EU Integration Dilemmas



Despite the multiple crises Europe currently faces, the salience of EU affairs in Belgium remains low and popular support for the EU above average. However, since the main party in the governing coalition, the Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA), decided to exit the long-standing Belgian pro-EU consensus by labelling itself Eurorealist, Belgium’s voice in EU affairs seems to be fading. The latent tensions between the governing parties lead to a crucial lack of ambition and impact on the debates on Brexit and on the future of European integration.


Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) Crucial Lack Brexit defenceDefence debatesDebate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut d’Etudes EuropéennesCEVIPOLBrusselsBelgium

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