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  1. December 4, 2011

    Belgian coalition to bring end to paralysis

    After 588 days without a formal government, Belgium is set to emerge from its prolonged state of political paralysis with a...

  2. November 26, 2011

    Belgium close to forming new government

    Belgium’s record-breaking stint without a government looks set to come to an end this week, after rising fears over the...

  1. November 25, 2011

    S&P downgrades Belgium’s debt

    Belgium became the latest country to see its debt downgraded as a result of the eurozone crisis, in a further sign that debt...

  2. Brussels Blog

    November 24, 2011

    Eurozone crisis: citizens to the rescue!

    Eurozone governments: Are “the markets” refusing to lend to you? Turn to “the people” instead. That is in essence what...

  3. November 21, 2011

    Favourite for Belgian PM resigns over budget talks

    Hopes of an end to Belgium’s 19-month political crisis faded on Monday after the man poised to become its next prime...

  4. FT Alphaville

    October 10, 2011

    Dexia break-up deal reached

    The Belgium government offered to buy Dexia’s Belgian banking business for €4bn and would provide the bulk of guarantees for...

  5. October 9, 2011

    Deal reached on break-up of stricken Dexia

    Belgium will pay €4bn to take over the domestic retail banking arm of Dexia after it agreed with France on Sunday the terms...

  6. FT Alphaville

    October 7, 2011

    Dexia of Cards

    As long as you’re not a shareholder, the Dexia website is a hoot – at least until it is taken down and replaced by the...

  7. September 15, 2011

    Belgium edges closer to forming government

    Belgium edged towards a resolution of its political stalemate late on Wednesday, resolving a long-running dispute that has...

  8. Brussels Blog

    September 14, 2011

    Yves Leterme resigns (again)

    Yves Leterme resigned as prime minister of Belgium in April 2010, prompting a 500-days-and-counting run without a government...

  9. Brussels Blog

    September 1, 2011

    Brussels, EU vs. Brussels, Belgium

    According to the Belgian press, the European Commission is readying itself to wade into the miasma that is Belgian politics,...

  10. July 12, 2011

    Belgium acts to calm market fears

    Belgium on Tuesday sought to calm market fears about its ability to repay its bloated debt by unveiling better-than-expected...

  11. April 25, 2011

    Belgian stalemate spun into political gold

    In the annals of political stalemates, Bart De Wever has already secured himself a remarkable position. A full year after...

  12. March 10, 2011

    National Council members target EU summit

    European heads of government could find two surprise guests at their summit meeting in Brussels on Friday: members of the...

  13. February 4, 2011

    Cracks over Franco-German eurozone plan

    New cracks emerged at a summit of European leaders on Friday, as the prime ministers of several countries raised strong...

  14. January 13, 2011

    Belgian PM backed over cuts

    Belgium’s caretaker government has secured agreement with all the main political parties to help cut its bloated public debt...

  15. January 12, 2011

    Belgium buys breathing space as deficit revised

    Belgium on Wednesday looked to appease skittish investors in its sovereign debt by unveiling better than expected deficit...

  16. January 10, 2011

    Concerns over Belgian debt levels grow

    The king of Belgium on Monday asked the country’s caretaker government to move ahead with public spending cuts, as concerns...

  17. January 5, 2011

    Belgium moves step closer to decentralisation

    Belgian political leaders moved closer on Wednesday to endorsing a blueprint for state reform that would transfer vast...

  18. June 14, 2010

    Tense talks ahead as separatists win ground in Belgium

    Separatist parties emerged as the dominant political force in Belgium following yesterday's parliamentary elections,...

  19. June 14, 2010

    Flemish separatists win ground in Belgian polls

    Separatist parties emerged as the dominant political force in Belgium following yesterday's parliamentary elections,...

  20. June 13, 2010

    Belgian elections show rise in separatism

    Separatist parties emerged as the dominant political force in Belgium following Sunday’s parliamentary elections, presaging...

  21. June 11, 2010

    Belgium separatists look set for poll boost

    As Belgium heads for Sunday's elections, separatists campaigning for a break-up of the country are set to emerge as the...

  22. June 7, 2010

    Political inertia complicates Belgian debt fears

    Anxiety is mounting in financial markets that a prolonged bout of political uncertainty in Belgium following national...

  23. June 6, 2010

    Inertia complicates Belgian debt fears

    Anxiety is mounting in financial markets that a prolonged bout of political uncertainty in Belgium following national...

  24. April 26, 2010

    Belgium’s king accepts PM’s resignation

    Belgium is once again without a government after its king accepted the resignation of Yves Leterme, prime minister, after...

  25. April 24, 2010

    Monetary union impresarios plan to keep show on the road

    Greece's appeal for emergency financial aid arrives at a time when the European Union's economic vitality, geopolitical...

  26. April 23, 2010

    Euro impresarios keep show on the road

    Greece’s appeal for emergency financial aid arrives at a time when the European Union’s economic vitality, geopolitical...

  27. April 23, 2010

    Fall of Belgium coalition threatens EU role

    The Belgian government was in turmoil yesterday after the federal coalition collapsed, driven apart by tensions between...

  28. April 23, 2010

    Belgium turmoil threatens EU role

    The Belgian government was in turmoil yesterday after the federal coalition collapsed, driven apart by tensions between...

  29. April 22, 2010

    Belgian coalition collapses as Liberals pull out

    The Belgian government was in turmoil on Thursday after the federal coalition collapsed, driven apart by tensions between...

  30. March 8, 2010

    Why the euro will continue to weaken

    If you want to unnerve a European, the revelation of a secret dinner of New York-based hedge funds conspiring against the...

  31. March 7, 2010

    Why the euro will continue to weaken

    If you want to unnerve a European, the revelation of a secret dinner of New York-based hedge funds conspiring against the...

  32. November 26, 2009

    Leterme returns as Belgium's PM

    Yves Leterme returned to the post of Belgian prime minister yesterday, following Herman Van Rompuy's appointment to the...

  33. November 25, 2009

    Second chance for Leterme

    Yves Leterme returned to the post of Belgian prime minister yesterday, following Herman Van Rompuy appointment to the...

  34. November 25, 2009

    Leterme to return as Belgian PM

    Yves Leterme is to become Belgian prime minister for the second time after Herman Van Rompuy left the post to become the...

  35. November 23, 2009

    Van Rompuy leaves hole in Belgian politics

    The delight that most Belgians felt at seeing their prime minister elevated to the presidency of the European Union last...

  36. November 22, 2009

    Van Rompuy leaves hole in Belgian politics

    The delight that most Belgians felt at seeing their prime minister elevated to the presidency of the European Union last...

  37. December 30, 2008

    Talks start on Belgian coalition

    Belgian political parties yesterday began consultations on forming a new government under the leadership of Herman Van...

  38. December 29, 2008

    Van Rompuy set to form new Belgian coalition

    Belgium began clawing its way back to a modicum of political stability on Monday as political parties began consultations on...

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