The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, has announced his resignation. He will go immediately to the king, said Michel in the Parliament in Brussels. Shortly before the social Democrats had made with the support of the Greens, a motion of censure in Parliament. With him, Michel should be asked, within 48 hours of policy changes.

the Background of the announced withdrawal is a ten-days-long government crisis. The nationalist regional party N-VA, the Flemish-speaking North of the country, had left the government a week and a half, because of the Francophone liberal Michel (42) wanted to approve the UN-Migrationspakts to Marrakech travel.

Michel continued with a minority government. His liberal reformist movement (Mouvement Réformateur/MR) had seats together with the Flemish liberals Open VLD and the Christian Democrats (CD&V) however, only 52 of the 150 Parliament. An early re-election of Michel refused. In may 2019, is elected in Belgium anyway on a regular basis.

The UN-migration Pact adopted on Monday of last week, delegations from more than 150 countries at a conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Therein global guidelines for the international migration policy are agreed for the first time. In Germany, the AfD had warned of a loss of national sovereignty and a “acceleration and multiplication of immigration”. In Parallel, the UN member States have developed a “Global Pact for refugees”.

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