BELGIUM: The Bitter King

"Now the way to solve this problem," said the bartender, "would be for the King to abdicate and let his son Baudouin come back and be King. We hear young Baudouin isn't too bright, but who the hell wants a bright King? Only it looks as if it isn't going to happen because our King is a stubborn, bitter man."

This discourse took place in "Le Pot," a little cafeé down by the canals in Brussels. Stroking his handlebar mustache, the bartender explained how the King became bitter. "There Leopold was—a young, handsome, dashing fellow anxious to make a splash in...

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