Migrant chaos sparks EU nightmare as Dutch Prime Minister quits

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared the coalition parties’ differences over asylum policies had led to the dissolution of the Dutch government.

The four parties involved failed to come to an agreement following Friday’s crisis negotiations, which were presided over by Prime Minister Rutte. Although the government has just been in place for a year and a half, the parties have long had divergent opinions on immigration.

In The Hague, Prime Minister Rutte will meet with King Willem-Alexander to discuss the creation of a caretaker government. According to local media sources, new elections would probably be held in November.

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As a result of a disagreement over overcrowded immigration centres last year, Rutte’s conservative VVD party has been working to limit the influx of asylum seekers. His junior coalition allies, nevertheless, opposed his proposals.

The breakdown of the government was confirmed by Prime Minister Rutte during a news conference on Friday night.

But he said that until the future elections, ministers would carry on with their duties in a caretaker capacity.

Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration Party for Freedom, supported Rutte’s first minority coalition 13 years ago, but also ultimately brought it down said: “We are the party that can ensure a majority to significantly restrict the flow of asylum seekers.”

Opposition parties on the left also want to make the election about tackling problems they accuse Rutte of failing to adequately address — from climate change to a chronic housing shortage and the future of the nation’s multibillion-euro agricultural sector.

Socialist Party leader Lilian Marijnissen told Dutch broadcaster NOS the collapse of Rutte’s government was “good news for the Netherlands,

“I think that everybody felt that this Cabinet was done. They have created more problems than they solved.”

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Despite the divisions between the four parties in Rutte’s government, it will remain in power as a caretaker administration until a new coalition is formed, but will not pass major new laws.

Sigrid Kaag, leader of the centrist, pro-Europe D66 party tweeted: “Given the challenges of the times, a war on this continent, nobody profits from a political crisis.”

Rutte, who holds the distinction of being the Netherlands’ longest-serving prime minister and an experienced consensus builder, appeared to be the one willing to jeopardize his fourth coalition government by presenting tough demands during negotiations aimed at reducing the influx of asylum seekers into the country.

For several months, Rutte engaged in negotiations to devise a set of measures aimed at decreasing the number of new migrants arriving in the Netherlands, a nation with a population of nearly 18 million people.

The proposed measures reportedly included the establishment of two categories of asylum, with a temporary classification for individuals fleeing conflicts and a permanent classification for those seeking refuge from persecution.

Additionally, the proposals aimed to limit the number of family members permitted to join asylum seekers in the Netherlands.

However, the idea of restricting family reunification faced strong opposition from the minority coalition party ChristenUnie

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