Dutch cabinet falls

After 16 hours of discussing the future of its coalition the Dutch government finally announced at 4am this morning that the members of the PvdA — the Dutch Labour party — had resigned over what started as a disagreement on the future of the Dutch military presence in Uruzgan, Afghanistan.

I’m not going to repeat the various news articles on this event, but I would like to point you to the English article of the renowned Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Many foreign news papers don’t seem to fully comprehend the (little) rules and nuances of the Dutch political system — we’re a small country after all — so the article from the NRC could be interesting for those of you who would like to know more about it; at the bottom of the article you’ll find a short explanation of the formal and informal consequences of the move.

nrc.nl -International – Dutch kabinet, Balkenende’s fourth, collapses

(This was the fourth cabinet of prime-minister J.P. Balkenende and the fourth that didn’t make it to the elections.)

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