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Fallen Madonna at Poupehan


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The fallen Madonna at Poupehan.

In Belgian politics, the village of Poupehan is well known because Fons Verplaetse (former governor of the National Bank of Belgium) had a holiday residence here. According to the journalist Hugo De Ridder, negotiations took place between 1982 and 1987 in a small committee.

The Poupehan group was composed of the then Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, LCA trade union leader Jef Houthuys, BAC president Hubert Detremmerie and Fons Verplaetse. Between 1982 and 1987, the four members of the group, as friends, collectively laid out the broad outlines of the recovery of the Belgian economy after the recession of the early 1980s, including (with pressure from the IMF) a devaluation of the Belgian franc on 22 February 1982. The negotiations in Poupehan would have led to the collapse of the Martens VI government.

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