From today’s Guardian
The Dutch government collapsed last night in a row over its treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Prme Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, will tender his resignation to Queen Beatrix today after the centrist D-66 party withdrew its ministers from his coalition government. Mr Balkenende is expected to calla general election although he may try to hang on until Spetember in order to present next year's budget.
The crisis was sparked after D-66, a small centrist party in the coalition, refused to support Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk after she stripped Ayaan Hirsi Ali of her Dutch citizenship. Although Ms Verdonk restored her citizenship this week, D-66 was infuriated when the she forced Ms her to sign a statement admitting that she had lied in order to gain Dutch citizenship when she fled to the Netherlands in 1992.
The downfall of the centre-right coalition will ring alarm bells across the EU because it marks the first time that a government has fallen in a row linked to the continent-wide struggle to integrate Europe's Muslims. Opinion polls indicate that Wouter Bos, the Blairite leader of the Dutch Labour party, will emerge as the leader of the largest party.
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