Bouchez-Van der Straeten clash ends in defamation complaint

The Minister of Energy will file a complaint against the president of the MR for defamation. And this, following the remarks of the boss of the blues accusing him of lies in the nuclear file and calling for a commission of inquiry. The liberal speaks of an attack on freedom of expression.

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Martine Dubuisson

Deputy Head of the Powers Department

By Martine Dubuisson

Published on 05/10/2024 at 7:14 p.m.
Reading time: 4 min

VSt is unprecedented in Belgian politics: a minister sues a party president for defamation even though they sit in the same majority. How did we get here ? And what consequences? Let’s see.


The Bouchez attack: a commission of inquiry

It all started a week ago with an interview with the president of the MR at Standard. Finally when we say everything begins: everything continues. Because during the legislature, Georges-Louis Bouchez (MR) did not hold back from attacking the Minister of Energy (Groen), his main opponent in his pro-nuclear fight. On request for resignation.

So much for context.

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