As Belgium undergoes “strong political tensions”, King Philippe said on Monday that he trusted in the “sense of responsibility” of its leaders to “act in the interest of the country and the population.”
"It’s the only way things will really change”, says Herman De Bode, the former cabinet head for Home Affairs minister Jan Jambon (N-VA).
King Philippe accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Charles Michel on Friday and asked it to stay on as a caretaker administration, the Royal Palace stated in a communique.

Council of State scraps daily asylum limits

Friday, 21 December 2018 10:38
The Council of State has struck down an instruction introduced at the end of November by former migration minister Theo Francken limiting the number of asylum applications handled by the Office for Foreigners to 50 a day.
The resignation of the government led by prime minister Charles Michel has made headlines across the world, as well as in Belgium.
Prime minister Charles Michel last night resigned his government and travelled to Laeken to announce his decision to the king.
Today is International Day of the Migrant, and the subject remains prominent in the headlines in Belgium.
"I shall not allow myself to be intimidated by the N-VA’s blackmail on the budget vote,” Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Monday.
The so-called “March against Marrakesh” organised for this coming Sunday in Brussels will go ahead, despite being banned by Brussels region minister-president Rudi Vervoort (pictured).

Benelux Summit cancelled, Prime Minister busy

Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:37
The Benelux Summit scheduled Thursday morning before the EU Summit was canceled because of the political situation in Belgium.