Belgium Mired in Political Crisis

January 7, 2011 Updated: January 7, 2011

Belgium is in a political crisis. Negotiations to form a new government stalled on Thursday after 208 days of negotiations. Mediator Johan Van de Lanotte, tasked with forming a new government, has offered his resignation to the king.

According to Van de Lanotte, there is no progress possible anymore in the negotiations, he told Belgium media. On Wednesday two out of seven parties rejected Lanotte's final proposal.

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink,” Lanotte said at a press conference.

The small Western European country has a history of political tensions between the Flemish- and French-speaking parts of the country. Belgium King Albert II, who still needs to accept the resignation will meet with Van de Lanotte on Monday.

Belgium’s capital, Brussels, is the center of power of the European Union.

Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert