I am a New Zealander living in Belgium, and I am stunned by the fact that this country has been without a government for 229 ...
In 2009, they say Iraq took 289 days to form a government. It seems possible that Belgium will reach that target as solutions to the formation of a government seems impossible, based on reports heard here.
And there you have a small fact about Belgium, although so far, this situation wouldn't affect your travel here :-)
In Lebanon as well .... Every then and a while we are facing a governmental crisis ... only here we are unable to act like the wallonians and the flemish since the situation escalates fast and there is unrest and violence :S
a confessional and sectarian - sunni chia , christian , druze ....
the process is not at all democratic ... beside its affecting our economical life :s
It's not bad, Antoaneta. So far, we barely notice the lack of a government, although it pains me to be paying the massive taxes we pay. But I'm not sure, given the current stalemate, that we will be able to form a government.
There is that, Irina. Belgium is really good to its people. Better than New Zealand.
Thalia, I see your point. Maybe the repression of outward emotions here is a good thing :-) The Belgians have been so invaded that they are good at operating around and over and under a government radar. I suspect they could go on indefinitely but I'm no expert, just a curious observer.
We 2 have been soooooooo invaded through history and till recently ( in all forms that invasion can take in our modern times: mandate, interference, direct authority.....)
but im gonna start to believe that Middle Eastern are more affected by their emotions, hence they are more vulnerable :)