View Full Version : Dutch Government Falls In Budget Crisis

24-04-2012, 08:55 AM
LINK ::: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17811509

The BEEB said it --- therefor it is so.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has tendered his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix, paving the way for early elections.

His cabinet was plunged into crisis when Geert Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) quit talks aimed at slicing 16bn euros (£13.1bn) from the budget.

Mr Wilders refused to accept austerity demands to bring the budget deficit in line with EU rules.

His party was not part of the coalition but supported the minority government.

Dutch broadcaster Nos said Mr Rutte spent almost two hours on Monday afternoon at the queen's palace in The Hague where he made the cabinet's resignation official.

After he left, a government statement said that the queen had asked "all ministers and deputy ministers to continue to do everything that is necessary" in the Netherlands' interests.

Mr Rutte's government lasted just 558 days. Only three other Dutch administrations since World War II have been in office for shorter periods, Dutch news agency ANP says.

Sidebar::: Many are now asking if the Netherlands cannot balance its books without the government collapsing, then which government can; and where it leaves the EU fiscal compact”

Anna Holligan The Hague

24-04-2012, 09:50 AM
Maybe they need to raise their taxes on selling weed in the street café.

24-04-2012, 09:56 AM
Maybe a Hooker Tax? A Meerschaum tax? A wooden shoe tax?

24-04-2012, 10:04 AM
Maybe a Hooker Tax? A Meerschaum tax? A wooden shoe tax?lmao, they still wear clogs, surely they would be made of cheap plastic by now - some pot-head probably complained about the noise on the cobble stones outside his bedroom window at night :). A Hooker Tax would just about get any country back in the black wouldnt it? :D

24-04-2012, 10:09 AM
Actually yes they do still wear clogs, and made of wood. They are actually quite comfortable. The Inlaws (so that also applies to my wife) are dutch, and the father inlaw has a couple of pairs in the garage. They take a bit of getting used to but its actually quite surprising.

24-04-2012, 10:24 AM
We used to have a pair at home when we were kids, we wern't allowed to wear them much, the noise on the wooden floors and outside on the path used to drive Mum insane :D