1 year without full government in Belgium

2011-04-26 17:44

Brussels - Belgium marks an anniversary on Tuesday, but no one is celebrating. One year ago, King Albert II accepted the resignation of the government. And one election and countless negotiating sessions later, the search for a new governing coalition still goes on.

Expectations are that no deal to grant more autonomy to Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia will be found before the summer. Caretaker Prime Minister Yves Leterme said on Tuesday that up to three more months could be required to form a coalition.

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy, who was Belgian prime minister before going to the EU in December 2009, called the situation "extremely pitiful".

  • Scottykira - 2011-04-26 18:11

    Zij zullen hem niet temmen, de fiere Vlaamse Leeuw, Al dreigen zij zijn vrijheid met kluisters en geschreeuw. Zij zullen hem niet temmen, zolang een Vlaming leeft, Zolang de Leeuw kan klauwen, zolang hij tanden heeft.

  • Madelane - 2011-04-26 18:49

    Heavens so here is a country having a break from conniving politicians....what a pleasure.

  • JoJo - 2011-04-27 09:27

    We might be without a government but we are not having a break from conniving politicians .... the conniving politicians are the reason why we don't have a government. It's shocking to see how rastist a country can be. This is not along color lines but along language lines. It's hard to imagine that our dear politicians are more concerned about what language people speak rather than what they can do to make the entire country stand together and work together for a common good. Belgium is a great place to live, only wish that more people would see themselves as Belgian rather than from Flanders or Wallonia.

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