BELGIUM: Majesty & Poullet

A fine and important distinction to remember: beloved Albert I is not King of Belgium but King of the Belgians. As paterfamilias of the nation, His Majesty rules with the decisive firmness of a good father. Last week he gave Belgian Deputies a fatherly piece of his mind, refused to let them upset the Cabinet of bankerish Count Charles de Broqueville, able grappler with Belgium's budget problems.

Count Charles was attacked in the Chamber because his Minister of Interior, Vicomte Prosper Poullet, had certified the election returns from small Hastiere near Namur....

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