According to Antwerp, government policies led the country into huge financial difficulties.
The Belgian government’s energy policies have pushed the country into a dire situation and made it akin to debt-ridden Greece, the leader of the country’s opposition New Flemish Alliance party has said.
It’s time for Belgians to face the “bitter truth”Their country is “bankrupt,”Bart De Wever is currently serving an additional term as Antwerp’s mayor, according to a quote by Het Laatste Nieuws.
“Look at our debt, government spending and deficit. It is worse than in Southern Europe,”He stated. “I previously said that after the next economic shock we would be the new Greece. Unfortunately, that is now the reality.”
De Wever heads a conservative Flemish Nationalist Political Force. De Wever accused Alexander De Croo’s government of not adequately preparing Belgium to face the EU energy crises. De Wever compared the US’s current situation with theirs.
“The American people are not in this kind of sh*t. They have done the opposite of what we have done. They are now exporters of oil and gas, which certainly was not the case 20 years ago,”He stated.
Barack Obama noted as his crowning achievement, the transformation of America into a net exporter of oil and fuels. This was achieved in 2018, the first time it has been done in many decades.
Belgian politician said that EU adherence was essential. “green dogmas”It did not do much to prevent climate change since industries are forced to move to countries with stricter standards. Germany and Belgium are two of the most prominent examples. “stupid”De Wever is convinced that their fleet of nuclear energy plants should be phased out.
According to the December coalition agreement the government has confirmed that it will shut down Doel Nuclear Power Station, and Tihange Nuclear Power Station. All seven Belgian units will be decommissioned by the end of this year. The final shutdown is expected to occur in 2025. The plan was to build government-subsidized gas-fired power plants to compensate for the loss of the electricity generation.
Due to energy shortages predicted, the government declared in March it would be considering operating Tihange-3, and Doel-4, reactors.
“This is not a crisis that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has caused,”De Wever spoke in interview. “Europe has brought it on itself by phasing out its own primary energy production this century.”
Flanders has some energy-intensive sectors and is therefore particularly susceptible to energy scarcity, he said.
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