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Some remarks:

  • In my opinion the new template layout is much to cluttered. I would prefer the simpler old layout.
  • It is somewhat a dubious choice to put List Dedecker as a liberal party (and not as an autonomist party) while putting Spirit as an autonomist party (and not as a liberal party). Although both parties are very different they both claim to be as well autonomist as liberal.
  • What kind of logic is used to include or exclude parties?

--Donar Reiskoffer 13:13, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

I agree that the table is cluttered, but I also like the rows and collums alot. I think our best shot is to emphasise the cartels more instead of the ideologies. C mon 14:09, 12 June 2007 (UTC)
I agree, yeah. I tried to make it less cluttered by using the abbreviations instead, and I do agree with including the UF. —Nightstallion (?) 17:06, 13 June 2007 (UTC)
Let's stick to parties that have representation on the federal and regional level. Intangible2.0 17:25, 14 June 2007 (UTC)


I reverted the edits by User:SalvadorEn here. For four reasons

  1. He incorporates a several parties without representation like CAP, PvdA etc. I think it is a) arbitary to include just those and b) impossible to include all parties without representation
  2. He collapses greens in the socialists, I think that misrepresents the importance of the greens as an independent political project. Moreover why do the liberals get two categories and the greens only one/
  3. It removes the logic of cartels which is dominant in Belgian politics, by emphasizing the ideological links. The MCC, spirit or Vivant are not independent parties by their own right, but allies in a cartel. Moreover there is no cooperation between fellow rightwing liberals such as the VLOTT and the LDD or leftwing liberals as spirit and Vivant
  4. It misspells spirit as Spirit which is spelled without capital letters.

All in all I don't think that edit rightly captured the dynamics of Belgian politics. C mon 08:38, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

  • I think my template is much better than the current one. And you're reasons to undo the changes don't make sense:
  1. Why can't all parties be included? As long as it is well-organized it should be possible. And if you wan't to set a standard, there has to be decided about one. Only parties with representation in parliament is too narrow i think. For example: the greens wheren't in the parliament 'till very recently.
  2. Greens and socialists are seperate in my template, I don't know how you come to think they aren't.
  3. There isn't a logic in cartels, so why take them into account? You can't place a liberal party with the nationalists, just because they are in a cartel with nationalists. The title of the template says: 'parties', not 'cartels'.
  4. Like that's a reason. Not very difficult to change it to 'spirit' in stead of 'Spirit' isn't?

All in all, I think the current template is a mess, mine isn't. So I'll change it back. --SalvadorEn 17:57, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

I think both templates are messy. Realize one thing Belgian politics is a mess. There are parties, cartels some organized per language group, some transcending those boundaries ...
The less parties we include the more orderly it will become, its that simple, currently we have not included all parties which entered in the last elections like stein or nee, RWF or Force nationale. The most logical action would be to include all parties which have national, gewest, gemeenschap or European representation. That way only parties which have some role in politics are included.
Moreover, in Belgian politics, cartels play an important role, in the old version one can see which party is member of which cartel, the current template would make it seem that spirit has more in common with Vivant than with the sp.a while the parties cooperate in different cartels...
BTW what's the difference between liberal-democratic and liberal? Why the LA liberal-democratic and VLOTT and LDD liberal, they are rightwing liberal right?
- C mon 19:05, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Current template[edit]

I'm opposed to the current division of parties in the template. It's confusing and inaccurate. N-VA is not christian democratic and is a separatist party, with a comprehensive liberal-economic program. N-VA and Bart Dewever himself have complained that media only portrays him and his party as only seperatist. Wikipedia should not be equally biased. List Dedecker and VLOTT are liberal parties, that also strongly focus on Flemish independence. Spirit is a regionalist and leftish liberal (not social democratic; they are followers of John Rawls) party. Furthermore, Vivant was a Belgian-wide political party, not a Flemish one. Further, the current template division is clearly inspired by the current cartels, but these parties were not always part of one group (N-VA participated in the 2003 federal elections without a cartel, and the cartel was briefly blown when Dedecker joined N-VA). As a consequence, they should be separated. I would just return to the old division: alphabetical order per language group (including a "Belgian" group: Vivant, BUB). Sijo Ripa 10:12, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

It's better to call those latter parties unitary instead of Belgian, to avoid confusion. Intangible2.0 17:27, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Someone entered bilingual in this table. This is not fully correct, as parties like Ecolo and Vivant also take part in the elections for the German-speaking Community.[1] Intangible2.0 01:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC)


I reverted some anon edits and further edits by Electionworld here. I know the template looks akward now, qua alignment but I felt that the anon was reverting to a version which was illogical. I hope template can be realigned. We need to have some consensus what this template is about and how to organize it. The version I reverted to works under three assumptions

  1. The template is about parties, not cartels or common lists. That means the UF is off and Vivant is on
  2. Only parties are included with federal, European or regional (gewest/gemeenschap) representation.
  3. The parties are ordered according to language group (no problem there) and the five basic trans-lingual party families (socialist, green, liberal, christian democratic, nationalist).

To me these three assumptions seem logical: include what is necessary and not more (or less) and order them in the least number of clearly defined categories. I call to editors to respond to these assumptions so we can agree on a set of assumptions and I hope that any further changes are discussed in line with some alterations of such assumptions. C mon 22:17, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

  • I think we need to lose the political alignments. A division in language groups will do just fine. Further:
  1. Which member of Liberaal Appel was elected?
  2. Are VLOTT and Vivant still independent parties?
-- 20:29, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

I agree that a division in language groups is enough. Party families are terms uses in Belgium, but the liberal party family only has the Open VLD, MR and PFF (which is part of MR). Labeling the party in a template opens the possibility for discussion on the labels. That should be done at the party entry, not in this template. Therefore it is better not to have party labels. I would really dispute a liberal label for VLOTT and do not feel good with having the N-VA and Vlaams belang in the same column. Electionworld Talk? 10:15, 29 June 2007 (UTC) I propose the following layout, whereby I would like to replace the abbr. with partynames in English and list the parties alphabettically (i didn't do that allready). This format would be in line with most other party naviagtion templates (see User:Electionworld/Parties

Belgian political parties

Electionworld Talk? 10:22, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


The PRL still exists, just take a look at the site of the MR and especially the statutes of the MR (here. The PRL is on equal stand with the MCC, PFF and the FDF. The first line of the MR statute reads "Le Mouvement Réformateur est l'alliance des formations politiques PRL, PFF, FDF et MCC." (Translation: The Reformist Movement is an alliance of the political formations PRL, PFF, FDF and MCC.). For the entire statutes the PRL is treated as a member party of the MR. The description of the PRL on the MR site: "Le PRL (pour Parti Réformateur Libéral) est le plus ancien parti belge" (Translation: the PRL (for the Liberal Reformist Party) is (note: present tense) the oldest political Belgian party.).I have tried to represent the strange relationship between MR, PRL, FDF, PFF and MCC on the template.C mon 15:37, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

I had read the statutes of the party, but I can nowhere find information about the continuation of the PRL after the formation of the movement. I've got the impression that the PRL doesn't exist anymore (see also the entry Liberal Reformist Party. Electionworld) as it was until today. Talk? 17:39, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
Note that wikis are not considered reliable sources. But one could also try the French wikipedia (native language, longer, which I did not edit). "Le Parti réformateur libéral ou PRL est un parti politique libéral belge composante principale du Mouvement réformateur ". The reformist liberal party or PRL is (present tense) a belgian political party, which is the principal component of the Reformist Movement. It also lists the allegiance of MR members to the component parties. C mon 17:54, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
The problem is that when I speak members of the MR, they never present themselves as members of PRL, where members of MCC and FDF still consider themselves members of the component parties. PRL was member of ELDR, but this is continued by MR. The MR has a president, but does the PRL still have a president. The Dutch WIkipedia] lists its last president in 2002 and it writes at MR that only the last three members (MCC, FDF and PFF) have kept their own structures. I think it is worthwile to contact MR. Electionworld Talk? 21:36, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
You can do that, but that would be original research. C mon 08:14, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
BUt it wouldn't be original research if it would lead us to a source. Electionworld Talk? 19:41, 17 July 2007 (UTC)