Belgium has been run by a "caretaker" government for seven months. Politicians have been told that they have until tomorrow to consider a new plan to break the deadlock following last June's general election.
This BBC article includes the following intriguing quote:
"Seeing the country running without a government for so long without experiencing any major problem might play on the side of those who want the end of the country," says Jean Faniel, researcher in political sciences at Crisp, a Brussels-based politics studies centre.
"They could say: 'You see, we don't really need a federal government, we're doing well without one.'"
There you are: it's official. A modern European country can run without a government. I ask you: why do we put up with it?
Until the next time