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Yearbook 2012

Netherlands. According to countryaah, the two-and-a-half-year-old bourgeois minority government resigned in April, after Geert Wilders and his right-wing populist Freedom Party (PVV) withdrew their support. The reason was that PVV did not want to support budget cuts of EUR 16 billion by 2017, which were required for the Netherlands to live up to the EU's limited deficit requirements.

2012 Netherlands

New elections were announced in September. The election campaign focused on the economic crisis in the EU. The results showed unexpectedly strong support for EU-friendly parties: the right-wing Liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), which was the largest in the outgoing government, further strengthened its position and the Social Democratic Labor Party (PvdA) also increased and remained second largest in Parliament.

For the parties on the outer edges, things went worse. The EU-critical and pre-successful Socialist Party (SP) received unchanged mandates, while the xenophobic PVV lost a third of its electoral support and of its seats in Parliament. The VVD's former coalition partner, Christian Democratic Call (CDA), also lost support.

The election results led the Netherlands to a block-crossed majority government with liberals and social democrats in early November. The CEO's Mark Rutte returned as prime minister. The new government had a stronger mandate to pursue a strict austerity policy with hopes of thus steering the country out of the financial crisis. The challenges were great; At about the same time as the government took office, reports that the Dutch economy had shrunk by 1.1% in the third quarter. This was the biggest decline among euro area countries.

In April, a court approved the government's plan to ban the sale of marijuana to foreign tourists. Stores in the border areas were thus obliged to register their customers in order to prevent so-called drug tourism.

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