Rutte cabinet "will fall before 2013"

27th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Nearly half of all Dutch do not see the current conservative coalition serve its full four-year term until 2013, a survey suggests.

Forty-nine percent of respondents expect the government will fall before then. The euro zone crisis has already toppled governments in Greece, Italy and Spain. The minority cabinet led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been in power for a little over 13 months.

Tensions arose this week within the government over the need for further budget cuts on top of the 18 billion euros already agreed. MP Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party suggested to cut four billion euros in development aid, something most Christian Democrats oppose but four out of five VVD voters support, according to the same survey by Maurice de Hond. CDA Deputy Foreign Minister Ben Knapen has since confirmed that the amount of development aid will remain unchanged at 0.7 percent of GDP.

The minority VVD-CDA coalition depends on the Freedom Party for a majority in parliament. About a third of Christian Democrats, including several MPs and cabinet ministers, opposed forming a minority cabinet that depended on the Freedom Party for its survival.

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