BELGIUM: Moderates In

Two months ago a petty issue—appointment of a doctor named Adrian Martens to the Flemish Academy of Medicine—cut through Belgian politics like a hot knife through lard. Patriotic War Veterans objected to Dr. Martens' appointment on the grounds that he was 1) a mediocre medical man, 2) one who had worked during the War to split the Flemish districts from the rest of Belgium and set them up as an autonomous State. Soon the Flemish-Walloon issue had all Belgium so divided that King Leopold dissolved Parliament and ordered a new election.

By the time the election was held last week,...

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