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Belgians appear to have given up on governing themselves. Instead, they govern Europe

By Manneken Pis   July 2010

Last year, the Czech Republic took up the reins of the EU only to replace its ministerial team half-way through its presidency when its accident-prone government imploded. In July, Belgium takes over the rotating presidency expecting to have to do the same. Bitterly divided between French and Dutch speakers, Belgium has been in a state of political ferment for years, and its June general election was won by Bart De Wever, a Flemish separatist who wants to do away with the country altogether. Efforts to cobble together a coalition government are likely to take until autumn.

While it may…

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