Belgian Socialist Party
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Belgian Socialist Party
Belgian Socialist Party

French: Parti socialiste belge
Dutch: Belgische Socialistische Partij
PresidentAchille Van Acker (first)
André Cools (last)
FounderPaul-Henri Spaak
Preceded byBelgian Labour Party
Succeeded by Socialist Party (Flemish)
Socialist Party (Francophone)
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Trade union wingGeneral Federation of Belgian Labour
IdeologySocial democracy
Democratic socialism
Political positionCentre-left
European affiliationConfederation of the Socialist Parties
International affiliationSocialist International
Colours  Red

The Belgian Socialist Party (French: Parti Socialiste belge, PSB; Dutch: Belgische Socialistische Partij, BSP) was a social-democratic political party which existed in Belgium from 1945 to 1978. During its time in office, a number of progressive social reforms were introduced.[1]

The BSP was founded by activists from the Belgian Labour Party (1885-1940), which was the first Belgian socialist party. It ceased to function during the Second World War, while Belgium was under Nazi occupation. Its main support bases were the co-operative and trade union movements, and it won relatively more support in Wallonia. Like most Belgian political organisations, the party supported greater integration with the European Economic Community, albeit in a socialist context.[2]

As linguistic and community issues became more divisive, the Belgian Socialist Party split into two new entities: the Socialistische Partij Anders (sp.a.) for the Flemish community and the Parti Socialiste (PS) for the Francophone community.


Presidents BSP/PSB[3]
Period President
1942-1945 Achille Van Acker
1945-1959 Max Buset
1959-1971 Leo Collard
Co-Presidents (from 1971)[4]
Period Dutch speaking co-President French speaking co-President
1971-1973 Jos Van Eynde Edmond Leburton
1973-1975 Jos Van Eynde André Cools
1975-1977 Willy Claes André Cools
1977-1978 Karel Van Miert André Cools

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Cook, Chris; Francis, Mary (1979). The first European elections: A handbook and guide. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 0-333-26575-0.
  3. ^ "sp.a partijvoorzitters". Archived from the original on 2009-10-09. Retrieved .
  4. ^ [1] Archived October 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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