According to Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever, it is time for “bitter truths”. In the Seventh Day he said that our country is bankrupt and we have become the new Greece of 2010.
In The Seventh Day Bart De Wever was asked about the possible solutions to guide the Flemish people out of this crisis. “Anyone can do something, but that too is building up debt,” he said, referring to additional support from banks and other agencies. “And then it’s time for bitter truths. This country is bankrupt,” it sounds.
“Look at our debt, government spending and deficit. It is worse than in Southern Europe. That has to do with policy. This government has done nothing about it. I said two years ago that in the next economic shock we will be the new Greece of 2010.” At that time, Greece was in a very severe economic crisis as a result of the credit or banking crisis that reached a peak in the autumn of 2008.
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According to De Wever, there are many things that Prime Minister De Croo can say, but he could not do much because there are no buffers. “Especially in the coming budget discussion, we will have to look at what exactly can be done. Because we have many energy-intensive companies in Flanders. They are very vulnerable. In the port of Antwerp, certain factories in the petrochemical port are already shut down.”