BELGIUM: A Third Try

Belgium's royal question became last week a question of the royal word. Exiled King Leopold had agreed, if he were allowed to return to Brussels, to transfer the throne temporarily to his son Prince Baudouin. This was acceptable to anti-Leopoldist Socialists and Liberals, if Leopold would guarantee not to interfere with Baudouin's regency. Some suggested that the monarch might stay in the Belgian countryside and devote himself to golf; others proposed the Congo. Then from Switzerland Leopold himself cut in huffily: "It is not necessary that I be asked for guarantees, which can...

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