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Considering that Belgium has been without a government for so wonders why exactly we need politicians at all...

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Civil servants can keep a country running for a while, but they don't have the legitimacy to take important measures needed to reform the Belgian welfare state.


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And a Socialist will?

Seriously, it would seem that the 'keep it running' effort could gradually make reforms by 'quite neglect' in raising outlays while giving 'quite attention' to raising incomes...

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Belgium finally has a government after 541 days past the elections!

For the first time in Belgian history, the PM will be from an ethnic minority (Di Rupo is of Italian heritage) and will be gay (Di Rupo is also an atheist). Di Rupo is the first French-speaking PM since 1979, and the first Walloon (by nationality, not ethnicity, at least) PM since 1974. Nice and historical. And with the pro-unity Socialist Party in control of the government, which also includes Christian Democrats and liberals, the monarchy's safety is assured, at least through 2013 or 2014, when the next elections are due to be held.

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