Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

France's Plan to Tackle Racism

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Marine Le Pen and Thomas Piketty in Time magazine's power list; EU takes on Google; Gunter Grass dies (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Deadly Crossing: Migrants desperate to reach Europe; Abadi in Washington (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa: anti-violence marches and anti immigration protest

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French PM outlines action plan against racism, anti-Semitism

Read more

REPORTERS

Turkey’s hidden Armenians search for stolen identity

Read more

REVISITED

Families of slain Marikana miners still demanding justice

Read more

#TECH 24

Europe vs. Google: EU accuses search giant of market dominance abuse

Read more

#THE 51%

Women in America: Land of the free, home to the less-paid

Read more

Europe

PM offers government's resignation to Queen

Video by Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-20

The Dutch prime minister has formally extended the resignation of his government to Queen Beatrix. The move comes after the ruling coalition failed to agree on NATO's request to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan.

AFP - The Dutch premier offered his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix on Saturday, a spokesman said as a spat over the country's Afghan military mission scuppered the ruling coalition.
   
"Contact has taken place" by telephone with the Queen, who is holidaying in Austria, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's spokesman Henk Brons told AFP.
   


Asked whether Balkenende had officially tendered the government's resignation to Beatrix, the constitutional head of state, Brons replied: "Yes".
   
Balkenende announced the government's collapse Saturday after 16 hours of  talks failed to save his three-year-old centre-left coalition, the fourth Dutch government to crumble since 2002.
   
The PvdA Labour Party withdrew from the government, insisting that the Netherlands' military mission in Afghanistan must end this year as planned, and that the government should reject a NATO request for a one-year extension.

Date created : 2010-02-20

  • NETHERLANDS

    Government falls apart over Afghan military mission

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    French troops will stay 'as long as it takes' says Fillon

    Read more

  • GERMANY

    Merkel to send 500 more troops to Afghanistan

    Read more

COMMENT(S)