BELGIUM: Achille's Heel

"Smiling Achille" van Acker went to his native Bruges to celebrate 25 years of happy marriage. Then he came back to Brussels to face a crisis in the uneasy union of Socialists, Liberals and Communists which he had held in precarious balance for three months.

It was a member of his own Socialist party, Senator Henri Rolin, stubbornly fighting Minister of Justice Adolphe van Glabbeke over a secondary juridical matter, who brought about the downfall of Premier van Acker's Government. When Van Acker demanded a vote of confidence, hotheaded Rolin and two other Socialists abstained, and the Government was overthrown 79-to-78....

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