Belgium: The New Combo

After a month of fruitless search for the right combination of parties for a government for Belgium, King Baudouin last week found a formula that might work. He asked the moderate Christian Socialists and the conservative Liberal Party to try their hands at forming a new coalition government. Out of power and into opposition for the first time in five years went the Socialists of Paul-Henri Spaak.

For his new Premier, the King picked Christian Socialist Leader Paul Vanden Boeynants, 46, known to his political associates as V.D.B. (pronounced Vay-daybay). But the...

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