Dutch politics is an animal in itself. The Netherlands’ multi-pluralistic democracy is a laboratory for political trends and experiments. We reported recently how volatile Dutch politics had become with the rise of the Farmers’ Party (BBB) in the early 2023 provincial elections. We also examined how complicated it was for veteran liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte to form a government in 2022. Read here.
Rutte’s fourth cabinet has now collapsed over immigration policy. His liberal VVD was pushing for stricter immigration controls in a country where inflation and surging housing and gas prices have overlapped with an influx of migrants. His coalition partners disagreed and the Christian Union, the smallest coalition party, forced the issue to a head, leading to the government’s collapse and Rutte’s resignation.