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Belgian crisis latest

The president of the Court of Cassation, the highest court in Belgium, wrote a private and confidential letter to the Speaker of the lower house of parliament today, in which he basically says, in a somewhat roundabout way, that the Prime Minister attempted to exert political influence on the judicial process concerning the BNP Paribas takeover of Fortis. This private and confidential letter, not surprisingly, rapidly became public. The Belgian federal cabinet has been in session for the last two and a half hours; apparently they are not discussing if Leterme will resign, but how many other ministers will resign with him.

There is no coverage of this whatsoever in English-language media. If you can read Dutch, http://www.hoofdpunten.be/ is a pretty good resource though the fact that you get the same agency story several times over is annoying. I don't know of anything similar in French.


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Dec. 18th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
There is this, linked off Reuters but apparently in the Sydney Morning Herald, of all places.

Although I have to admit I would never have noticed it if it hadn't been mentioned in minutes coming from head office (we're owned by a belgian bank) today and gone looking for more info.
Dec. 18th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Very interesting! Thanks for posting this, would've missed it otherwise 'cos I don't have time to read the Dutch news every day.
Dec. 18th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Belgian Crisis
Belgium's political crisis continues unabated. Not content with lying over the availability of EU Commission officials to consider the state aid aspects of the BNP/Fortis collapse, Leterme has impugned the judicial honour of the country's highest court, one in which a small number of advocates wield distinct influence, and is of itself, conservative and loath to engage in such criticism. He must resign.
Dec. 20th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Belgian Crisis
Good to hear from you Eduardo!

(And please with my own sleuthing skills.)
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