The latest Czech government crisis is over: President Miloš Zeman will appoint Lubomír Zaorálek as the new minister of culture on Tuesday (27 August), ending a dispute over the post that almost caused a collapse of the government. However, the crisis has exposed the deteriorating state of democracy in the country.
Ireland's referendum on the EU reform treaty this week is only the first of three major threats to the Dublin government and its efforts to tackle a financial crisis that has crippled Europe's once fastest-growing economy.
Rejecting the resignation of Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme yesterday (17 July), King Albert II of Belgium instead mandated three government mediators to resolve the deadlock over increased regional autonomy that has been gripping the linguistically-divided country for months.
Yves Leterme, Belgium's prime minister designate, mandated to form a new government after the 10 June elections, has resigned, raising questions about the future of the country that hosts the main European institutions.
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