Local elections in Belgium: the PTB realizes a breakthrough in all major cities

At the 14 October local elections, the PTB (Parti du Travail de Belgique, Workers’ Party of Belgium) – the only national party in Belgium – has made a breakthrough in the major cities of Flanders, while making further progress in Brussels and Wallonia. Particularly noteworthy are the results in Brussels, capital of Europe, with 11.6%; Antwerp, the second largest port city in Europe, with 8.7%; the two most important cities in Wallonia, Liège with 16.3% and Charleroi with 15.7%; and Ghent, the second largest city in Flanders, with 7.1%.

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From an opinion poll to the reality of change: great challenges for the PTB-PVDA

We reproduce an appeal by Peter Mertens, chairman of the PTB-PVDA (Workers’ Party of Belgium): According to the opinion poll of the RTBf/La Libre (public TV channel and daily newspaper) of 24 March, the PTB-PVDA would become the second political party in the South of Belgium (20,5%), almost tied with the Socialist Party PS (20,3%); it would become the third political force in Brussels; and in Flanders, it would surpass the electoral threshold, obtaining 5,5%. “An enormous boost for the field work of the 10.000 members of the genuine Left,…

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»Organize a European referendum, and you’ll see that the Walloons are not alone«

Interview by Irish blog Communist Perspective  with Peter Mertens, chairman of Worker’s Party of Belgium (PTB) on the free trade agreement with Canada (Ceta) Peter Mertens: The European Union was already preparing to sign the free trade agreement with Canada with much fanfare. While this agreement would have far-reaching consequences for Europe, for its people and for the climate, the European establishment was not really planning to mince many words on the treaty. Until the government of the Walloon Region spoiled the party. A debate was held there, and immediately…

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