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Yearbook 2015

Netherlands. Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and Secretary of State Fred Teeven were forced to resign in March, after they were convicted of providing incorrect information about a court case that Teeven handled when he was a prosecutor in 2000. In December, Anouchka van Miltenburg, President Mark Rutte, also succeeded barely a margin away from a formal reprimand by Parliament because of the deal, which involved blacking out paid compensation to a convicted felon.

2015 Netherlands

According to COUNTRYAAH, a government crisis threatened in April when the two government parties could not agree on refugee policy. The acute crisis resolved but bitter contradictions persisted and support for Geert Wilder's xenophobic PVV (Freedom Party) grew. Around 46,000 people were in asylum facilities when the government, after consultation with the municipalities, decided at the end of November to establish almost the same number of places. However, Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned that the EU could collapse, "like the Roman Empire" unless the large influx of migrants was stopped.

The last remnants of the 193 Dutch killed in a crash in Ukraine in 2014 flew home in May. The Swedish Transport Administration later presented an investigation showing that the plane crashed after it was hit by a Russian-made air defense robot. Who fired the robot did not show up.

Following a class-action lawsuit against the state, a court ordered the government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least a quarter by 2020. According to environmental organizations, the court order was the first of its kind in the world. The reason stated was that the state is obliged to protect citizens from the threat posed by climate change. Parliament later voted to phase out coal power in the country despite the opposition of the VVD (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy), the largest government party.

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