58% Liberal

With the European – and other – elections coming up in May, a number of Belgian news (and other) organisations have compiled a voting test. The idea behind Stemtest 2014 is simple – you answer a series of 25 questions then weight the areas according to your concerns and the site tells you which party most agrees with you.

Always a sucker for a quiz, I gave it a go and discovered – to no-one’s great surprise – that the party I most agree with is the OpenVLD. I was quite interested, though, to note how close a match Groen are to my opinions. Maybe I’m more of an environmentalist than I realised.

Stemtest 2014

It’s worth mentioning, again, that I signed up the the WePromise campaign that called on EU voters to promise to vote, and to vote for digital rights-friendly candidates. I would still take this campaign seriously but have been very disappointed by the response of Belgian parties. Only three candidates are listed at the time of writing this post, and two of them are Francophone and, therefore, not an option.

There’s still almost a month to go, though, so I shall wait and see if any candidates actually do sign up.

12 thoughts on “58% Liberal

  1. Just curious why the 2 Francophone candidates weren’t an option? Are they not in your area? (I know nothing of Belgian politics but am aware of the French/Flemish “divide”.)

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  2. Belgium is a bit of an oddity in that there are no national parties. There are Flemish parties that campaign in Flanders, and there are Francophone parties that campaign in Wallonia. There is also a small German-speaking region, but I have no idea how things work there.

    So the Francophone green party is Ecolo, and they campaign in Wallonia only. The Flemish green party is Groen, and they campaign in Flanders only.

    Since I live in Flanders, Groen is an option but Ecolo isn’t.

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  3. Hey, the figures add up to more than 100%, does that mean you are more than one person? πŸ˜‰

    Also, there should be a blasflemish party!

    Just my two clams.

    Mikael

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  4. That’s what my good lady partner said πŸ˜‰

    The figures aren’t supposed to add up to 100% – what they reflect is that I agree with 58% of OpenVLD and 54% of Groen policies. Obviously, similar parties can have similar policies so adding up the percentages doesn’t really tell you anything.

    I think a blashflemish party would end up mired in inflemy πŸ˜‰

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  5. Interesting that they have “open” in their name. An English word?

    So 54% of you agrees with the Greens. Does that mean 46% of you is not environment friendly??

    Blasflemish can be shortened to blemish?

    My comments aim to totally confuddle your poltical mathematics, so you will have no idea what to vote for!

    Next voting day, will be, to misquote FDR, “a date will live in inflemy.”

    Btw, can you vote in Belgium? In Sweden, one has to be citizen, but local and county elections, one have to have lived here 3 years, which I find slightly odd, since there is election only every 4 years.

    Just my two blems.

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  6. Open is also a Dutch word. It means open πŸ˜‰

    And yes, 46% of me hates the environment – that’s the 46% that doesn’t get out much πŸ˜‰

    As an EU citizen I can vote in local and European elections, but for national elections I am supposed to vote in my country of origin. There are also regional governments, but these are not covered buy any EU treaties so I don’t get to vote.

    THe Belgian political system is so surreal that I don’t think there’s anything you could say to make it any more confusing πŸ˜‰

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  7. Mikael,

    Love your comments πŸ™‚ Here’s a little video that will explain Belgium (if you have 4 minutes to spare). Only one thing you really need to remember about Belgium though: they have beer (lots of beers), and chips πŸ™‚

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  8. Hello Eve!

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    Great video of Belgium. It is a lot more complex than I ever knew. I wonder if it is anarchy or the opposite of anarchy? πŸ˜‰

    I hope the peoples of Belgium can make use of the different political entities and not get caught in between them. πŸ™‚

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  9. well, this is how Belgium managed to run “smoothly” without any government during 541 days….. see details here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007–11_Belgian_political_crisis

    (smoothly between quotes, because I strongly suspect budget manipulations in Flanders at least, as for example, every bloody single road in our province was repaired, renewed, rebuild etc… at that time)

    However, I seriously doubt the Belgian themselves understand their own politics πŸ˜‰

    I never considered it as anarchy, but it’s a very interesting point of view πŸ™‚

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  10. Interesting how things seemed to work without a national government. I guess they just skipped the “Yes, Prime Minister?” for a while πŸ˜‰

    Having a basically uncorrupted bureaucracy is essential, of course, in any political system, imho. πŸ™‚

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