Daily Archives: September 14, 2011

Yves Leterme resigned as prime minister of Belgium in April 2010, prompting a 500-days-and-counting run without a government during which he stayed on as caretaker leader. Now it looks like he intends to resign from that job as well, to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. Does that mean a new government may finally be afoot?

The announcement last night that Leterme would become deputy secretary-general at the OECD, the rich country think-tank stunned the Belgian political world, which is currently negotiating to replace him with a full-powers government.