Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has resigned. It was preceded by a series of failed negotiations with members of the coalition to curb immigration.
The desire of the Dutch conservatives under Rutte to limit the flow of asylum seekers to the Netherlands split their four-party coalition, with two of their constituent parties refusing to support their proposals.
Tensions came to a head when Rutte demanded support for a proposal to restrict the entry of refugee children and force families to wait at least two years to be reunited. As a result, the Christian Union, which did not agree with this, decided to withdraw from the governing coalition, which caused a crisis.
The Netherlands is trying to implement the toughest immigration policy in Europe. But the number of asylum applications is only increasing.
In refugee centers, people live in appalling conditions, with little or no access to water, sanitation or medicine.
Rutte promised to improve conditions in such institutions by reducing the number of refugees, but failed to win support from coalition partners.