|Dutch House of Representatives / "Second Chamber"|
The Dutch coalition government dissolved on Saturday when the far-right Freedom Party abandoned negotiations with the VVD and Christian Democratic Party. The Freedom Party’s leader exited talks on the grounds that such austerity measures would disproportionately harm economically modest citizens, which constitute the majority of his political base. Unable to form a majority coalition, and thus unable to govern, Prime Minister Rutte has offered his (and his cabinet’s) resignation.
Though the American political system is in “gridlock,” it produces results when it needs to, albeit often at the last moment. This is largely due to our two-party system. Imagine a Congress comprised of eleven parties, as is the Dutch parliament – multi-party cooperation is essential to govern, and coalitions easily split. Gridlock in parliamentary systems certainly makes American gridlock seem much less severe.