Belgium Marks One Year Without Full Government

Photo: Didier Misson (CC)

Photo: Didier Misson (CC)

Breaking Iraq’s record of 289 days, Belgium reaches a year without an entire government. BBC reports:

As Belgium marks one year without a government, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has called the political impasse “extremely pitiful”.

The former Belgian prime minister told the De Standaard newspaper that the country would need a full government soon to decide on economic policy.

Member states are required to put long-term economic planning past the EU.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yves Leterme has said three more months might be needed to form a governing coalition.

Mr Leterme succeeded Mr Van Rompuy as prime minister in November 2009, but resigned in April 2010 after his government collapsed.

[Continues at BBC News]

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  • Юрий Паедерастоков

    Wow. Something will have to be done about this soon or people will get the crazy idea that politicians are nothing more than bobble-headed lightening rods to take the heat off the cabal of financial elites who actually run the place . . .

  • Юрий Паедерастоков

    Wow. Something will have to be done about this soon or people will get the crazy idea that politicians are nothing more than bobble-headed lightening rods to take the heat off the cabal of financial elites who actually run the place . . .

    • Karl

      Why, what a crazy notion that is. Surely nobody actually believes that.

      Hahahaha…

      >_>

      <_<

  • Karl

    Why, what a crazy notion that is. Surely nobody actually believes that.

    Hahahaha…

    >_>

    <_<

  • Anonymous

    Wait a country doesn’t need any Government to run, why hasn’t it fallen apart yet? Is it possible that Government is useless?

  • Anonymous

    Wait a country doesn’t need any Government to run, why hasn’t it fallen apart yet? Is it possible that Government is useless?

    • GoodDoktorBad

      I was gonna say that…lol

    • GoodDoktorBad

      I was gonna say that…lol

    • Synapse

      You do understand when they say government they mean federal government right? This is very much in the same manner as if we were to revert back to city states. If the federal government in the US ceased to be, we would still have plenty of government at every other level, especially local, that would keep things going. It’s not exactly anarchy out there.

  • Anonymous

    I was gonna say that…lol

  • Anonymous

    I was gonna say that…lol

  • Karl

    Being from Belgium, here’s my view on the matter.

    The winners of the elections of last year were the N-VA(National Flemish Alliance) on the Flemish side and the PS(Socialist party) on the Walloon side. For the Flemish side, this is unprecedented. A nationalist party has *never* won, in some parts of the country getting up to 50% of the votes. On the Walloon side, the PS is back from never being gone. They’ve ruled their part of the country for over 30 years now.

    Belgium has 7 different levels of governments.
    1 The federal government, based in Brussels.
    The three language communities:
    2 the Flemish Community (Dutch-speaking);
    3 the French Community (French-speaking);
    4 the German-speaking Community.
    The three regions:
    5 the Flemish Region, subdivided into five provinces;
    6 the Walloon Region, subdivided into five provinces;
    7 the Brussels-Capital Region.

    It’s a gigantic clusterfuck.

    Anyways, the N-VA had a lot of points it went to the voters with. The result was obvious, most the voters agreed.
    After a year, we still don’t have a government. This is because there is no agreement between the winning parties on both sides.

    The media would have you believe this is because the N-VA doesn’t want a government, that they’re unreasonable, etc…

    They’ll tell you everything, but they’ll never say it’s the PS that’s being unreasonable. They’ll never blame the Walloon part of the country, while Walloon media is claiming that all who support N-VA are holocaust deniers and should be put on a boat and sunk in the middle of the ocean.(Literally quoted from a newspaper).

    The N-VA won the elections on Flemish side because they promised to end the injustice imposed by the Walloon side. Traditional parties will tell you this is made up, make-belief, it’s all not true and that we, the Flemish, are actually intolerant towards the Walloons for ever suggesting they’re sucking us dry.

    5.5 billion euros per year goes from the Flanders government to the Walloon government. Mandatory. And the Walloon part of the federal government has tons of “special procedures” they can call in to action if anyone suggests tampering with this money-stream, putting any vote back by at least a year. Procedures approved by the traditional Flanders parties, who now all get their part of the cake. A very small part, but a part non the less.

    N-VA wants this to stop. The Walloons should learn to take care of themselves instead of hanging on the money-crane. That and more, is what the N-VA went to the negotiations with. And from day 1, they were told it would never be accepted. The Walloon parties have stubornly refused to budge on every single point. And then the media calls the N-VA “incapable of making a compromise”. N-VA refuses to stand down, because the people sent a powerful message at the elections. The people said: we want these points implemented. So they went for it. And the Walloon side refuses to budge, because if they do, it will hurt them financially, because of their gigantic dependency on that 5.5 billion euros per year they get from Flanders.

    And every day, the media tries to make the N-VA politicians look like they’re incompetent, unwilling, greedy, bossy, etc… while it’s actually the PS that refuses to budge. But because there’s is not 1 TV-station, radio-station or newspaper who has chosen not to partake in operation “destroy the N-VA because if they win it might hurt our bonusses”, public opinion is shifting against the N-VA, who is doing it’s best to give us the feature we deserve.

    The PS and the other Walloon parties look at the N-VA plans and simply say: “nope, not gonna happen” and they’re standing united, just waiting for public opinion on the N-VA to change, so they can go back to their old, money grubbing ways. The N-VA is the first real threat to their elitist power-hold on the country, and they’re trying to make them look as bad as possible.

  • Karl

    Being from Belgium, here’s my view on the matter.

    The winners of the elections of last year were the N-VA(National Flemish Alliance) on the Flemish side and the PS(Socialist party) on the Walloon side. For the Flemish side, this is unprecedented. A nationalist party has *never* won, in some parts of the country getting up to 50% of the votes. On the Walloon side, the PS is back from never being gone. They’ve ruled their part of the country for over 30 years now.

    Belgium has 7 different levels of governments.
    1 The federal government, based in Brussels.
    The three language communities:
    2 the Flemish Community (Dutch-speaking);
    3 the French Community (French-speaking);
    4 the German-speaking Community.
    The three regions:
    5 the Flemish Region, subdivided into five provinces;
    6 the Walloon Region, subdivided into five provinces;
    7 the Brussels-Capital Region.

    It’s a gigantic clusterfuck.

    Anyways, the N-VA had a lot of points it went to the voters with. The result was obvious, most the voters agreed.
    After a year, we still don’t have a government. This is because there is no agreement between the winning parties on both sides.

    The media would have you believe this is because the N-VA doesn’t want a government, that they’re unreasonable, etc…

    They’ll tell you everything, but they’ll never say it’s the PS that’s being unreasonable. They’ll never blame the Walloon part of the country, while Walloon media is claiming that all who support N-VA are holocaust deniers and should be put on a boat and sunk in the middle of the ocean.(Literally quoted from a newspaper).

    The N-VA won the elections on Flemish side because they promised to end the injustice imposed by the Walloon side. Traditional parties will tell you this is made up, make-belief, it’s all not true and that we, the Flemish, are actually intolerant towards the Walloons for ever suggesting they’re sucking us dry.

    5.5 billion euros per year goes from the Flanders government to the Walloon government. Mandatory. And the Walloon part of the federal government has tons of “special procedures” they can call in to action if anyone suggests tampering with this money-stream, putting any vote back by at least a year. Procedures approved by the traditional Flanders parties, who now all get their part of the cake. A very small part, but a part non the less.

    N-VA wants this to stop. The Walloons should learn to take care of themselves instead of hanging on the money-crane. That and more, is what the N-VA went to the negotiations with. And from day 1, they were told it would never be accepted. The Walloon parties have stubornly refused to budge on every single point. And then the media calls the N-VA “incapable of making a compromise”. N-VA refuses to stand down, because the people sent a powerful message at the elections. The people said: we want these points implemented. So they went for it. And the Walloon side refuses to budge, because if they do, it will hurt them financially, because of their gigantic dependency on that 5.5 billion euros per year they get from Flanders.

    And every day, the media tries to make the N-VA politicians look like they’re incompetent, unwilling, greedy, bossy, etc… while it’s actually the PS that refuses to budge. But because there’s is not 1 TV-station, radio-station or newspaper who has chosen not to partake in operation “destroy the N-VA because if they win it might hurt our bonusses”, public opinion is shifting against the N-VA, who is doing it’s best to give us the feature we deserve.

    The PS and the other Walloon parties look at the N-VA plans and simply say: “nope, not gonna happen” and they’re standing united, just waiting for public opinion on the N-VA to change, so they can go back to their old, money grubbing ways. The N-VA is the first real threat to their elitist power-hold on the country, and they’re trying to make them look as bad as possible.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      It sounds so strangely familiar to American partisan politics…but with language and national identity thrown into the mix. The level of dysfunction caused by internal bickering, the wild accusations thrown about to distract from more serious and legitimate issues. People truly are the same the world over…with only the slightest difference of culture marking them as unique in any given case.

      • Average4amGarbageMan

        Yes. Exactly. Sounds just like Rep vs Dem. Makes one wonder who really runs the media with it being portrayed so strikingly similar across the world. The battle of good vs. evil. I think that has got to be the huge change the whole world is enduring right now, if there is a big change to come just because of the anticipation of 2012. There is no universal good or universal evil, which is another reason why the two-party system is a failure. The whole production, the act, doesn’t even look real anymore…change the lights, the scenery, the actors, the plot……

    • Tchoutoye

      I think Belgium and The Netherlands should be re-carved into three separate countries:

      1) A French-speaking Walloon to be ruled by the Socialist party

      2) A Dutch speaking Catholic country consisting of Flanders and the complete Limburg and Brabant, which Christian Democrats and nationalists/populists/xenophobes like De Wever, De Winter and Wilders can govern, together or in turn.

      3) What is left of The Netherlands (i.e. minus the provinces Limburg and Northern Brabant), a country comprising of protestants/secularists/atheists to be governed, together or in turn, by the Dutch labour party and the various liberal parties of the right and centre-left.

  • Synapse

    You do understand when they say government they mean federal government right? This is very much in the same manner as if we were to revert back to city states. If the federal government in the US ceased to be, we would still have plenty of government at every other level, especially local, that would keep things going. It’s not exactly anarchy out there.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    It sounds so strangely familiar to American partisan politics…but with language and national identity thrown into the mix. The level of dysfunction caused by internal bickering, the wild accusations thrown about to distract from more serious and legitimate issues. People truly are the same the world over…with only the slightest difference of culture marking them as unique in any given case.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Let me go on record as saying that I believe that the TSA has done a lot to secure and protect the People’s Republic of Amerika. The Constitution was good in its day, but we no longer need rights to unwarranted search and seizure with terrorists scheming to take away what few rights Amerikans have left.

    I also promise to report anything suspicious to my WalMart manager.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Hopefully, this is the future of all governments.

  • Average4amGarbageMan

    Yes. Exactly. Sounds just like Rep vs Dem. Makes one wonder who really runs the media with it being portrayed so strikingly similar across the world. The battle of good vs. evil. I think that has got to be the huge change the whole world is enduring right now, if there is a big change to come just because of the anticipation of 2012. There is no universal good or universal evil, which is another reason why the two-party system is a failure. The whole production, the act, doesn’t even look real anymore…change the lights, the scenery, the actors, the plot……

  • Tchoutoye

    I think Belgium and The Netherlands should be re-carved into three separate countries:

    1) A French-speaking Walloon to be ruled by the Socialist party

    2) A Dutch speaking Catholic country consisting of Flanders and the complete Limburg and Brabant, which Christian Democrats and nationalists/populists/xenophobes like De Wever, De Winter and Wilders can govern, together or in turn.

    3) What is left of The Netherlands (i.e. minus the provinces Limburg and Northern Brabant), a country comprising of protestants/secularists/atheists to be governed, together or in turn, by the Dutch labour party and the various liberal parties of the right and centre-left.

  • Phelix

    Breaking Iraq’s record of 289 days without government? Yes
    Breaking Ireland’s record of 6 centuries without government? No.

  • Phelix

    Breaking Iraq’s record of 289 days without government? Yes
    Breaking Ireland’s record of 6 centuries without government? No.

  • ArgosyJones

    This only means that no coalition of parties has the necessary votes to form a majority and appoint ministers. The government (as we think of it in the US) continues to function more or less as usual, with the old ministers remaining in place. This is nothing like a government shutdown. Sorry Anarchists!

  • ArgosyJones

    This only means that no coalition of parties has the necessary votes to form a majority and appoint ministers. The government (as we think of it in the US) continues to function more or less as usual, with the old ministers remaining in place. This is nothing like a government shutdown. Sorry Anarchists!