BBC: "How long can it continue?"

Belgium's failure to install a new federal government twelve months after the general election has attracted considerable attention in the international media. The news website of Britain's public broadcaster BBC wonders how long Belgium can operate without a new government.

It points out that Prime Minister Yves Leterme (Flemish Christian democrat) will soon have been caretaker PM for longer than he served as Premier of an administration with full powers and with a parliamentary majority backing him.

The BBC says it seems strange even though Belgium is the home of surrealism. The Brits seem to think it's even more surreal that no end to the crisis is currently in sight.

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