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Collapse of Dutch government highlights Europe's new migration politics

By Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Claire Moses

10 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The Dutch coalition government has collapsed over a proposed refugee policy, highlighting the influence of immigration on European politics and the challenge of preventing far-right parties from capitalising on it.

BRUSSELS — The collapse of a Dutch coalition government over a proposed refugee policy has once again underscored the potency of immigration as an arbiter of Europe’s politics and how stopping far-right parties from capitalizing on it is a growing problem for mainstream politicians.

The current crisis in the Netherlands was precipitated by its conservative prime minister, Mark Rutte, who resigned after his centrist coalition partners refused to back his tough new policy on refugees.

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