According to media sources, the Dutch government has fallen due to disagreements amongst coalition parties regarding asylum policies.
Crisis negotiations between the four parties, led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, failed to produce an accord.
Although the administration was established a year and a half ago, the parties have long had polar opposite views on immigration policy.
There will now be new elections, most likely in the fall.
Although Mr. Rutte’s office has not yet acknowledged the collapse, it did state that he will address the media following an emergency cabinet meeting that would begin at approximately 21:30 local time (20:30 BST).
Following a controversy about overcrowded migrant centers last year, his conservative VVD party had been attempting to restrict the flow of asylum applicants.
This week, Mr. Rutte attempted to push through a measure that would have limited the number of relatives of refugees from war who could enter the Netherlands to just 200 each month.
However, the socially liberal D66 and the pro-family Christian Union, junior coalition members, were vehemently opposed.
The administration was not saved by a compromise idea known as the “emergency brake,” which would only impose limitations in the event of an abnormally large surge of migrants.
Since 2010, Mr. Rutte, 56, has served as prime minister, making him the incumbent with the longest tenure. He has formed four coalitions since taking office, the most recent of which was in January 2022.
Due to the development of far-right parties like Geert Wilders’ PVV, he has come under criticism on immigration.
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