Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Here we go again...

Belgian government collapses over regional divisions - Any one want to be the new Prime Minister??

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Belgium's government collapsed Tuesday, unable to resolve an enduring divide over more self-rule for the country's Dutch and French-speakers. The gap was so wide the premier suggested the end of Belgium as a country was looming.
Belgium's Prime Minister Yves Leterme,

King Albert II immediately began political discussions with lawmakers to try to resolve the situation, talks expected to take several days. He did not formally accept the resignation of government offered by Premier Yves Leterme late Monday, so Leterme's government stays on in a caretaker capacity for now.

In an unusual declaration, the premier said Belgium's constitutional crisis stems from the fact that "consensus politics" across Belgium's widening linguistic divide no longer works. "The federal consensus-model has reached its limits," Leterme said.

1 comment:

Kate G. said...

Not again?!! C'est incroyable! Keep us posted on the developing situation . . .