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Belgian coalition talks collapse

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Belgium’s poltical crisis has deepened with the announcement that the leader of the Flemish Christian Democrats, Yves Leterme, is to pull out of coalition talks. The Christian Democrats, the Flemish Liberals and their French-speaking counterparts have been holding troulbed negotiations since inconclusive elections in June. But they have failed to agree on the central issue of devolving more power to the regions. Belgium’s political future is now more uncertain than ever.