From his office in Laeken Castle, the King referred, in a rather unusual way, to the recent political crisis affecting the federal government. “Our country is going through a turbulent period. There are important issues that rightly concern our fellow citizens. Today we are confronted with strong political tensions. I trust the sense of responsibility of our leaders to act in the interest of the country and the people,” said king Philippe.
While the coming months will be marked by elections, the sovereign calls for dialogue and mutual respect. “Democracy requires listening and dialogue. Let us prepare for federal, regional and European elections by holding open and true debates, respecting ourselves. Because the moment the vote must be the result of a careful reflection.”
A few hours before Christmas and a few days before the new year, the King emphasized how these moments are conducive to “take a step back”, “stop our constant race chasing time”, and “to take stock”, but also to “remember that life is a path that we do not do alone, but with fellow travelers, who, like us, need to be listened to.
The King reminded everyone that this festive period “is an opportunity to pay special attention to the most fragile of our society”, as well as to those who surround and accompany them “with care and dedication”.