Belgium: No. 16

After three months of weary deadlock, Belgium finally got a new government. It was about time. Its Congo empire lost, its economy lagging, the nation was suffering from a severe crisis of morale. Rich and robust a decade ago, it has become the Common Market's weakest link. Mobs last winter had run through the streets, hurling cobblestones, shouting hate. The two traditional political foes—the Socialists and the Social Christians—bickered on and on. Then last week they buried the hatchet and joined to form a coalition government.

Architect of peace, and Belgium's new Premier, is Théo Lefèvre, burly, beak-nosed boss of the...

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