Charles, 1st Count de Broqueville
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|20th Prime Minister of Belgium|
22 October 1932 - 20 November 1934
17 June 1911 - 1 June 1918
|Born||4 December 1860|
|Died||5 September 1940 (aged 79)|
|Political party||Catholic Party|
Once it became clear that Germany intended to violate Belgian neutrality in August 1914, he oversaw Belgium's mobilization for war. Despite the mobilization, de Broqueville opposed King Albert I's proposal to deploy the Belgian Army along the German frontier in 1914 — instead strategically placing them throughout the country. He recognized that wartime support for Belgium depended upon its continued status as a non-provocative neutral power.
The German invasion of 1914 forced the Belgian government into exile at Le Havre. De Broqueville fought the king on the neutrality issue, hereby denying Belgium a full alliance with the Allied forces.
This opposition of the king critically weakened de Broqueville's stance among members of his cabinet. Consequently, he resigned as Foreign Secretary in January 1918 and as Prime Minister in May when he lost the support of his own party.
De Broqueville also served as minister in various departments:
Later, Charles de Broqueville became Prime Minister a second time, serving from 22 October 1932 until 20 November 1934.