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]