BELGIUM: Royal Deadlock

King Leopold would have to continue cooling his royal heels in his Swiss exile. After 46 days of haggling over the question of his return (TIME, July 18), Belgium's politicians last week put together a cabinet. Fifteen portfolios were divided between ardently pro-Leopoldist Christian Socialists (eight) and mildly pro-Leopoldist Liberals (seven), leaving the adamantly anti-Leopoldist Socialists out.

In the bargaining Leopold's Christian Socialist supporters, just short of a parliamentary majority, gave up their drive to recall the King at once. The Liberals entered the cabinet only on condition that the royal question be left unanswered for another three or four...

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