Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Weekly Music Show: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's new album

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55 year-old tourist

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey? (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Sarkozy soap opera

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey?

Read more

LIFESTYLES

New road trip

Read more

LIFESTYLES

High-tech in France

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Global warming: A drowning planet

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Christian Kastrop, Director of Policy Studies, OECD

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)