I live in the right part of Belgium
Comparing the green parties in both parts of Belgium is comparing apples and oranges (pun intended). The Flemish green party (Groen!) is a poor extract of what it used to be and if you heard Mieke Vogels debate (both in the Flemish parliament as well as during elections) I am surprised they didn't loose any more votes. You don't need to vote Groen! to vote green anymore although maybe some use their vote to make a statement. And they are free to do just that. And while Mieke's intentions are good, the execution is poor. (I liked the old Groen! politicians better)
Some people seem to think that everything is going to be resolved in Belgium by itself. But they simply ignore the fact that on a federal level things are being stuck and have been for some time. And that is not caused by separatists or confederalists. You'd think that by now the people that believe in Belgium would have come up with solutions. But nothing really gets resolved on that level. Maybe too few believe in it anymore ? And if the only alternative is change, and the only change is offered by more confederalism, people would be wrong to vote for the same old same.
Those people would also like us to believe that a region or country cannot change the economic impact, because it is a global crisis. That's like saying that we cannot impact the economy (when there's no crisis), because we have a global economy. Utterly delusional, of course, and very dangerous. Flanders of course is a part of the European economy, much like Wallonia, but regional decisions and measures can ignite a regional economy. (If not, it shouldn't hurt either, should it?) If decisions cannot be made on a federal level and we're unable to resolve the mess we are in. (The Belgian deficit is undeniable and not getting better anytime soon) We should be able to take measures on a regional level rather than being left stuck in Belgium.
And even more fellow Dutch-speaking Belgians seem to agree today.
I live in the right part of Belgium and Wouter lives in the left part, which he says is the wrong part. Who am I to disagree ? :-)
Note: I was not planning to become a political activist, but Wouter Verhelst's opinion was pretty one-sided and in need of another point of view :-)