by Elco B
Mon Dec 3rd, 2007 at 01:50:23 PM EST
| I'm typing this when still new speculations are coming in after the declaration of our prime minister (G.Verhofstadt)at 18h30.|
The Belgian political situation is complex and very hard to explain. Even the majority of Belgians have no clue what all the fuzz is about.
I'm not a specialist but I tried to understand what's going on, but my feelings now about the whole situation are best described as "ridiculous!")
For an oversight of what happened since the elections of 10 June see the excellent pages on Wikipedia: 2007 Belgian government formation.
This evening at 18h the king's palace announced that G. Verhofstadt (outgoing premier) accepted an information assignment to find a solution for, what everybody now says, the political crisis.
A half an hour later, Verhofstadt made a declaration for the media he's accepting this assignement to find a solution for the problems the 'care-taker'government cannot handle. After 176 days some decisions have to be made to keep things going on in Belgium.
For me what was striking was the fact that Verhofstadt was called to the king three times: yesterday evening, this morning and this afternoon again.
This is also a surprise move of the king since almost everybody expected a Walloon liberal (Reynders) to be given that assignment.
So what will happen now? It's everybodies guess.
Seems in Belgium about everything unexpected is possible.
But, what is sure now: the falling apart of the country was never on the negotiation table despite all the holabaloba.
The latest negotiations have shown there's no majority to break up the country and even less now than 6 months ago.
Belgians are known for constructing complicated compromises. Somehow a new compromise will be reached, but even in the press here it is impossible to find the details about the negotiations.
So I'm very curious wich way it will go. Any suggestions?
Oh, BTW, one of the headlines in the news here in Flanders was something about some girls (Spice) started a new tour an will maybe come to Belgium.
Yeah, our politicians could use some spice.