Belgium’s knotty politics gives EU’s recovery fund its trickiest test yet

Posted on AllSides January 22nd, 2023
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Belgium's notoriously messy political system is giving the EU a real headache in the way it doles out recovery fund cash.

In a story that embraces accusations of blackmail, a Flemish liberal prime minister, a French-speaking Socialist pensions minister, the mayor of an old industrial city and a workers' party that's not even in government, the country is at serious risk of missing out on €4.5 billion in EU grants.

At the heart of the matter is the decades-old question of how much the EU should try to influence national policies in...

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