One by one, local departments put their name ‘Open Vld’ next to bulky waste: “That name has no added value for us”

Stop saying Open Vld, but ‘Dare’, ‘Voluit’ or ‘VLAM’: this week alone, four local Open Vld branches dumped the national brand name. And that ‘rebellious’ list is only in danger of getting longer. Even in the blue bastion of Brakel – yes, the home village of the De Croos – people have doubts. Here local politicians from all corners of Flanders respond: “We are the heart of the country, but they no longer listen to us.”