Daily Archives: July 10, 2007

Just reading about the efforts to form a Belgian federal government, which rumble on a mere 22 days after the general election.

Odd? Not really. Apparently it once took 150 days to thrash out a deal for a coalition government in linguistically-divided Belgium, which has zealously carved up the national state and developed a fiendishly complicated political system.

The last time I looked there were, I think, either eight or nine parliaments (in a country the size of Maryland) but who knows – someone might since have slipped in another chamber for good measure.

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