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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Belgium’s government talks in deep trouble again

Elio Di Rupo has offered his resignation to the king


BRUSSELS (AP) — The man trying to end Belgium’s world-record government stalemate offered to resign Monday, plunging talks between the nation’s Dutch and French speakers to new depths.

Belgium’s major parties have been trying to form a government since the June 13, 2010 election — but fears are growing that the 526-day-long impasse needs to end soon to keep financial markets at bay.

Both King Albert and European Union President Herman Van Rompuy immediately urged negotiators to regroup Monday and come to an agreement quickly so Belgium’s borrowing rates don’t spike to unsustainable levels.


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