Belgian Standoff

I mentioned the state of the Belgian government last week — specifically, the fact that the largest party in the government coalition has walked out leaving us with a minority government. The Greens and Socialists have called for a confidence vote, arguing that without the N-VA, this is a new administration. The government has resisted this, arguing that the new administration is exactly the same as the old one, just a bit smaller.

With the next federal elections due in May (at the same time as the European Parliament elections), no-one wants to be responsible for bringing down the government and dragging the electorate to the polls yet again. So we have something of a standoff.

Today, the socialists twitched, saying that they would launch a no-confidence motion if the Prime Minister fails to seek the confidence of the Belgian parliament.

The government has said no.

We will see tomorrow if Belgium still has a government.

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