Belgians 'celebrate' 249 days of indecision

John Lichfield reports from Brussels on a new world record for political failure

Belgians celebrate 'world record' for political indecision

What would be a humiliation for many turned into a party for Belgium today as the country's citizens marked 249 days without a government, a figure that they are treating as a world record in political waffling.

Belgium – eight months with no government

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Original 14th-century King Arthur tale sells for &#163;2.4m

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