Sources say Rutte’s Cabinet has collapsed over asylum crisis
The ruling Dutch coalition has collapsed after failing to reach a deal over how to handle the number of asylum seekers entering the Netherlands, After days or talks between the key members of Mark Rutte’s Cabinet, they were unable to reach a compromise, sources close to the talks told NOS, RTL Nieuws and ANP.
It marks the end of Rutte’s fourth consecutive Cabinet.
A final attempt to reach consensus ended without result on Friday night. They were debating a last proposal from Eric van der Burg, the state secretary in charge of asylum policy.
Van der Burg reportedly put forward a proposal to prevent more asylum seekers from entering when the facilities set up for their reception becomes overcrowded. Such a situation occurred repeatedly last year, leading to international condemnation as asylum seekers were forced to camp outside the Ter Apel reception center in extremely poor conditions with limited access to medical care, clean toilets or showers.
Reporting by ANP