// addSize([1100, 200], [[1024,250], 'fluid']). For the past year Belgium has had no permanent government, and the kingdom's citizens don't seem to mind. In the most recent push to breed progress in the negotiations for a new federal government, King Philippe tasked the leaders of the two biggest parties in Belgium, the N-VA and the Francophone Parti Socialiste, with “taking the necessary initiatives to facilitate the establishment of a government-backed by a large parliamentary majority.”. Issued on: 10/12/2019 - 16:36Modified: 10/12/2019 - 16:34. All Rights Reserved. // defineSizeMapping(TopMapping). How Belgium Has Gone 621 Days Without a Government - YouTube Indeed, the crisis days of 2010 to 2011 -- when Belgium went 541 days without a government and the linguistic divide was so deep that the future of the county seemed in question -- … Belgium on Sunday broke its own standing record for the longest political crisis and longest period without an elected government. // addSize([0, 0], [[300,250], 'fluid']). The previous record for Belgium’s longest post-election period without a government stands at 541 days and ended with the swearing-in of Former Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo after a similarly convoluted negotiation period followed the June 2010 elections. "With or without a government, there is social peace," shrugged Reda, a Belgian-Moroccan job-seeker. // }); Belgium on Sunday broke its own standing record for the longest political crisis and longest period without an elected government. "Nothing unusual". Another option is that the Flemish centre-right dumps the nationalists to engage in a so-called "rainbow" coalition with the liberals, socialists and Greens. // googletag.cmd.push(function(){ // googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); But for Flemish political scientist Dave Sinardet, the real "existential crisis" was the 541 days without a government 10 years ago. The third possible scenario, if gridlock endures, is the most unpredictable one: a return to the polls at the beginning of 2020. In 2010-11 Belgium set a world record of 589 days without a government. // var adslot0; // But the count swells to 589 if it is started on the day the previous elected government, led by Former Premier Yves Leterme, collapsed in a political turmoil that spurred a surge in popularity for the Flemish nationalist N-VA, giving way to a partisan standstill which was, until now, the longest political crisis in contemporary European history. // addService(googletag.pubads()); "It's 'Belgitude'," smiled Odile, a costume designer, using a term that captures Belgians' infinite capacity to shrug off the absurdities of their complex country. Start learning complex topics simple for 20% off by being one of the first 200 to sign up at http://Brilliant.org/HAIGet a Half as Interesting t-shirt: https://standard.tv/collections/half-as-interesting Suggest a video and get a free t-shirt if we use it: http://halfasinteresting.com/suggest Follow Sam from Half as Interesting on Instagram: http://Instagram.com/Sam.From.WendoverFollow Half as Interesting on Twitter: http://twitter.com/halfinteresting Discuss this video on Reddit: http://www.Reddit.com/r/halfasinterestingVideo written by Adam ChaseCheck out my other channel: http://youtube.com/wendoverproductionsBelgium federal election map used under CC BY-SA 4.0, courtesy Jules RohaultMusicbed SyncID:MB01I7APBXLYOCG Written by Adam Chase @adamhchase Audience ratings certified by ACPM/OJD. // }); France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. // addSize([980, 200], [[970,90], [970,250], 'fluid']).