NL7: The Dutch political system

The Dutch have a complex political system. Usually, single political parties do not have the absolute majority. This means that – like in Germany – governments are formed that are supported by different political parties from different backgrounds, like socialist, liberal, liberal democrat or christian. Currently our goverment consists of ministers from the liberal party and the socialist party. The prime minister, Mark Rutte, is from the liberals. Traditionally, each of the coalition parties serves the interests of different groups in society. The socialists are known to be in support of workers and the poor, whereas the liberals are in support of entrepreneurs. Although there have been tensions all the time, this government still holds. Since The Netherlands is a democracy, the government makes laws, which have to be approved by the parliament. These two basic powers are completed with the third power, the administration of justice. they apply the laws and do Willem Alexander muntjustice in the case of crime and conflicts. The role of the recently appointed king, Willem-Alexander (left, on the coin), is a special one. He is not a member of government and has a mainly ceremonial role. However, he is sometimes asked to play a mediating role (when he was in Russia, he probably talked to president Poetin about the release of the crew of the Arctic Sunrise). Also, he supports Dutch companies during  trade missions that he has with his originally Argentinian queen, Maxima.