BELGIUM: Cabinet Crisis

On Apr. 5, Premier Theunis resigned (TIME, Apr. 27). Since that date, M. Éimile Van der Velde, Count Charles de Broqueville, M. Aloys Van de Vyvere, Burgomaster Adolphe Max have ineffectually tried to form or maintain Cabinets (TIME, May 25 et seq.).

Last week, Viscount Poullet, after ten days of negotiation, did what all Belgians declared impossible: he formed a Catholic-Socialist Government, dared to make the Socialist leader, Éimile Van der Velde his Foreign Minister.

Surprise in Belgium was quickly clouded by well-founded pessimism. Such a Cabinet would never command support from Parliament. Premier Poullet was wary. He did not lead...

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