Re-Bel activities

The “last chance mission” of Bart De Wever and Paul Magnette is now on its way. Whether it will lead  to a decision to launch a broad institutional debate or to new elections, there is more than ever need for an open-minded and in-depth common reflection about "what the institutions of the Belgian federal state – or of whatever else this part of the world needs to become – can and must look like in the longer term”. It is therefore high time for Re-Bel to resume its activities. 

Along with countless other public events throughout the world, the Re-Bel debates planned at the University Foundation for March and June 2020 had to be cancelled. As the pandemia-related constraints on the organization of public events are likely to last, Re-Bel decided to shift its actitivities, at least in part, to an online formula. We are planning several Zoom webinars in the next few months, some in English, and some in Dutch and French, still in collaboration with Béatrice Delvaux (Le Soir) and Karel Verhoeven (De Standaard).

The first of these webinars will be held on Thursday 17 September 8-9.15 pm, using Zoom, and address the question “Minority Government: why and why not ?”. An invitation to register will be sent in September, and the Zoom link wil be sent to all those registered shortly before the event.

One of the advantages of an online formula is that it makes it easier to enlist experts from all over the world. This webinar will be introduced by Bonnie FIELD, professor of political science at Bentley University (Massachussets), author of Why Minority Governments Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), in discussion with Lucien RIGAUX, assistant at the Law Faculty of the ULB, author of "Les gouvernements minoritaires en Belgique” (Revue belge de droit constitutionnel, 2019) and Kris DESCHOUWER, professor of political science at the VUB, chair of the European Consortium for Political Research.

Paul De Grauwe and Philippe Van Parijs,
coordinators of the Re-Bel initiative