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Crisis sparks fresh questions about Belgium's future

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Crisis sparks fresh questions about Belgium's future


Belgium’s press is reflecting on the country’s latest political problems.

“The End” says the Francophone “Le Soir” in a play on words with the prime minister’s name. For the Flemish newspaper “Het Laatste Nieuws” it is “Total Chaos.” While “Over and Out” is how the Flemish daily “De Morgen” sees things.

As for the people of Belgium, they could be forgiven for thinking: “here we go again.” This time, however, the country’s troubles seem to have gone one step further.

“We have been worried for a year now and we are getting more worried every day,” said one man, interviewed on a Brussels street.
“I can’t see how we can get out of this crisis in the short term, apart from with early elections. That seems to be the best way.”

“It is a difficult situation we are in now,” another man added.
“Belgium is in a situation we have never faced before but we will see what the near future will bring and I hope the best for Belgium because I don’t think a separate way is the best way for Belgium.”

Belgians can take comfort from the fact that Leterme’s coalition had found agreement on the budget and social and economic plans. But it repeatedly failed to break a stalemate over devolution and the thorny topic of electoral boundaries around the capital, Brussels.

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