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Flemish nationalists propose to sell Wallonia to Trump for… one euro

A fresh offer in the form of compensation is on the table for the US president, after he was denied the purchase of Greenland.

Published: August 23, 2019, 9:37 am

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    Young Belgian nationalists do not lack humor. While Donald Trump canceled his trip to Denmark after the Scandinavian country refused to hand over Greenland to him, some members of the Flemish New Alliance party (N-VA) made him a surreal offer, reported regional French daily Ouest-France.

    In a tweet, young activists formulated a clear proposition: “Dear President Trump, one euro and Wallonia is yours. Call us.”

    Below the offer is a photo that shows the city of Durbuy in eastern Belgium, into which is inserted the famous golden Trump Tower, an iconic building in New York City. The building serves as the headquarters for the Trump Organization.

    Additionally, it houses the penthouse condominium residence of the building’s namesake and developer, President Donald Trump, who is also a businessman and real estate developer. Several members of the Trump family also live, or have resided, in the building.

    President Donald Trump said he would not construct a Trump Tower in Greenland after he expressed interest in buying the island. “I promise not to do this to Greenland,” Trump tweeted in a caption of an image with the high-rise building.

    Since World War II, the importance of heavy industry has greatly diminished in Wallonia, and the Flemish Region has surpassed the French region in wealth, as Wallonia declined economically. Wallonia now suffers from high unemployment and has a significantly lower GDP per capita than Flanders. The Walloons thus rely on Flemish tax hand-outs.

    In French-speaking Belgium, the joke was rather perceived as bad taste, reported the website Rtbf.be. In particular by Steve Detry, future president of the Young MRs (Reform Movement). He replied curtly in Dutch that he found the joke “rude” and “a little silly”. Detry added: “I’m expecting a little more from you if we want to work together in the future.” 

    Former minister Catherine Fonck, a member of the Belgian Human Democratic Center (CDC), “complained” to the authors of the tweet in French. “They are proud of their little tweet. Flatter the anti-francophones, surf on the withdrawal and rejection of others … Their vision of the future and society is so sad and selfish.”

    But Jong N-VA President Lawrence Vancraeyenest told Euronews: “It was just a joke aimed at a young Flemish audience, going along with something trending on Twitter, nothing more. I sincerely hope there is still room for some humor in politics. Especially young people need that.”

    N-VA has the most seats in the Flemish parliament. While N-VA received the most votes at both the regional and federal level, Vlaams-Belang emerged as the second-biggest party in the Flemish region and the third-biggest at the federal level.

    At the Flemish level, N-VA lost 7 points to get 24,8 percent of the vote in May and Vlaams-Belang gained 12,6 points to end at 18,5 percent of the vote.

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