Chris suggested that the root of Belgium's dispute between an affluent North fed up with footing the bills for a poorer South had parallels with what Europe as a whole was facing.
He took Radio 4 listeners to a circus where people were still laughing but warned that the mounting euro crisis was no laughing matter. However, in a country without a government the EU's institutions are doing their best to address the Euro crisis.
A senior official told Chris the mood surrounding the crisis seemed to be getting worse by the week.
It's a mixture of fear, paralysis and despair and that the week before the Commission President delivers his State of the Union address. The BBC's Europe correspondent then went on to insist that the Euro crisis really had nothing in common with a circus because there is no magic solution and nobody's going to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Chris concluded: any solution will have to be political.