People's Party (Belgium)

The Parti Populaire (PP ) (Dutch (official): PersonenPartij, German ( translated): People's Party or persons party ) is a Belgian party that arises in the whole country to choose from, but mainly in French-speaking part of the country ( Wallonia and Brussels) is active. It was founded in November 2009 by the Brussels lawyer Mishael Modrikamen and former Flemish top officials Rudy Aernoudt. The latter was, however, ruled in August 2010 from the party. The Parti Populaire is classified into the right - liberal spectrum.


In 2009, the belgienweit become known as a result of " Fortis affair " advocate of small shareholders, Mishael Modrikamen began to announce his entry into active politics. So he planned a party modeled after the Spanish Partido Popular (PP ) or the French Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP ), which could present itself as an alternative to the existing large Francophone parties to set up. Especially handy Modrikamen to the right - liberal Mouvement Réformateur (MR) and gave her the right to represent only the interests of the upper middle class.

In September 2009, Modrikamen finally laid to the name Parti Populaire and announced, "under one umbrella, the right-wing liberals, the right-wing conservatives and disillusioned by the system, the times FN, sometimes choose Ecolo bring together " to want. Furthermore, he had announced that his party would be a federal party that would provide both the French- and Dutch-speaking part of the country to choose from. In October 2009, it was officially announced that Rudy Aernoudt would join the party. Aernoudt, former Flemish top official and Head of Cabinet of both Flemish and Walloon ministers had previously failed with the founding of his own party Lide, which should have a very right - liberal profile and also originally intended to enter into a joint list with the MR. After Modrikamen and Aernoudt had jointly worked out the party program, the Parti Populaire was officially founded on 26 November 2009.

In the following months, the Parti Populaire went to great recruiting first members and sympathizers. Since these came mainly from the ranks of the MR, there was between the two parties first real tensions. A negative image suffered the Parti Populaire fact that Modrikamen was indicted for money laundering; This denied the allegations and dismissed the action as a purely political attack from.

Shortly before early federal elections of June 13, 2010 became the Parti Populaire mainly by internal disputes which ended with the expulsion from the party various people in the headlines. This excluded former party members founded a little later Dissidenzbewegung named La Droite ( Engl. " the Rights"). Nevertheless, the Parti Populaire could make the leap to a deputy in the Chamber of Deputies in the elections as only the newly encountered "small" parties.

On 23 August 2010 Rudy Aernoudt was excluded after a vote of the party offices of the party. This was triggered by the criticism of Aernoudt opposite the only members of the PP, Laurent Louis, who had expressed his full support to the policy of French President Nicolas Sarkozy regarding the expulsion of Roma from France ( the statements Louis would " racism flirt " so Aernoudt ). In fact, the relationship between Modrikamen and Aernoudt had deteriorated quite some time. A few days after his expulsion from the party accused Aernoudt Modrikamen to have paid his party people with black money, whereupon the PP filed suit against him. Also succeeded Aernoudt with the likewise excluded chairmen of the young members of the PP, the public monies of the PP paid by a non-profit- making entity ( NPI ) to block.

Substantive Profile

The Parti Populaire presents itself as a right - liberal party and as an alternative to the "traditional" parties in Belgium. Modrikamen himself describes his direction as " komplexlos right" (French droite décomplexée ). Your core values ​​define the Parti Populaire as " justice, solidarity and responsibility ."

In business, the Parti Populaire is committed to simplifying the tax law. The unemployment benefit is temporary and corporate education be promoted. In terms of justice and security, the Parti Populaire is a " zero - tolerance " policy. It suggests, for example, to simplify the structure and the process of justice, to make more cops on the street visible and send back criminals with foreign roots in their country of origin so that they can serve their sentence there. On the subject of immigration, there is the Parti Populaire on the creation of a " Belgian continental shelf " (French socle de belgitude, nld. Belgian sokkel ) to reinforce the common values ​​and a more rigorous handling of the so-called sans papiers. The European policy should, the Parti Populaire, are amplified and eventually lead to the " United States of Europe ".

As for the future of the Belgian state and the reform of the federal state structure, the Parti Populaire proposes to reduce the various governments ( only a federal state and three regions) and Prime Minister (7 federal ministers and 5 per region). It is also proposed to redistribute the powers of the federal government and the regions. The position of the Brussels -Capital Region to be amplified. Also, a reform of the electoral law ( by a proportional representation to a majority vote by French model ), the introduction of referendums and the establishment of a nationwide constituency are proposed.

Party structure

At the top of the party since the exclusion of Rudy Aernoudt alone the chairman Mishael Modrikamen. He sits in front of the political bureau of the party, the (only Laurent Louis at the time ) and other party members who have a special expertise and were determined by the Chairman composed of the elected members of parliament.


As a new party, the Parti Populaire was in the federal elections of 13 June 2010, a total 1.29% of votes at the national level and only in the Constituency of Walloon Brabant with 5.04% of the vote, the 5 - percent threshold ( restrictive clause ) exceed and set from July 2010 a single deputies in the federal chamber of Deputies. In January 2011, the Parti Populaire has this seat but lost again, after the member Laurent Louis was expelled from the party.