Belgians are in a “democracy” trouble these days. For 249 days, since the June 13 election, the country has not managed to set up a government yet. Politicians are trying to broker a new constitution with increased regional autonomy to reflect that “reality”. But the work is proving long and hard.
Last month, the citizens gathered to protest the current administrational crisis. What they were singing while marching was “we are the champions” .
Democracy must be the right for citizens to be freely kidding about their countries’ humurous situation, especially in the times when the democratic rules do not function properly.
There is this website counting the days of being “rudderless” . On this website a digital clock is ticking down for Belgium to oust the world record 289 days of coalition formation of current “champion” Iraq in 2009.
Belgium as “challenger” stands at 249 days and “Outsider” Ivory coast at 61. So if Belgium continues this flow, after 40 days, she is really gonna be “the champion” .
Actually I see on the media saying that Belgium will hit world record for lack of government tomorrow. I am still not sure, was it 249 or 289 days for Iraq ?
Anyway, the point here is, no deal appears likely to come up anytime soon in the “EU Capital” . But you know what, when I was in Brussels last month, I realized that despite the protests, the daily life has not affected at all , and the citizens do not seem to care about being governmentless .