At 11 am co-formators Paul Magnette (PS) and Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) made a statement. It contained little additional information. “Forming a federal government seemed impossible for too long,” said De Croo. ‘I would like to explicitly thank my colleague Paul Magnette. We have worked very hard together to form a government. ‘
‘We are at a time when a lot of people are having a hard time,’ says De Croo. ‘Schools have to close now and then, 100,000 have temporarily lost their jobs, so many families have had to say goodbye to loved ones, acquaintances and neighbors. Those things have marked us all in recent months. We have also seen a lot of beautiful things. We say too little what a beautiful country we live in. A country that, when it comes down to it, succeeds in joining forces. To achieve more together than we could ever have done alone. ‘
I realize that a lot of people are skeptical. It is up to us to convince those who have doubts about what we want to do with our society.
De Croo also felt this attitude at the negotiating table. ‘We will need everyone to live up to expectations. That’s why we need a strong plan. ‘ De Croo also immediately committed his first blunder as prime minister: he called current prime minister Sophie Wilmès Sophie Michel.
‘We have to get up again. As a country, we have already faced hotter fires and have always come out stronger. I realize that a lot of people are skeptical. I respect that they want to see first and then believe. It is up to us to prove that we have our feet on the ground and to convince the doubters of what we want to do with our society. ‘
‘This agreement is a starting point for a different way of doing politics. With more pragmatism, cooperation and respect. Hardness has never helped anyone. The group at the table wants to emphasize what we have in common, not our differences. ‘
Magnette ended with a joke when a journalist wanted to ask him a question too. ‘We tossed a dime and it became Alexander. An excellent choice. ‘
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