Polls for the general elections on 12 September indicate that it will prove difficult to cement a majority coalition in the Netherlands. Political fragmentation is increasingly destabilizing Dutch politics. Maybe electoral thresholds need to be considered.
The present Dutch cabinet crisis gives rise to difficult problems: how is the budget for 2013 to be settled with a crippled cabinet and upcoming elections? Professor Voermans argues that Dutch parliamentary history offers a precedent and some hope.