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The Dutch government is at risk of collapsing over a dispute on how to deal with the rising number of asylum seekers in the country. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s conservative VVD party has proposed to tighten the rules for family reunification and to limit the entry of children of refugees who are already in the Netherlands. However, two of his coalition partners, the progressive D66 and the Christian Union, have rejected the plan, saying it violates human rights and international obligations.

The four-party coalition, which has a slim majority in parliament, has been holding crisis talks since Thursday night, but no agreement has been reached yet. Rutte has reportedly threatened to resign if his demands are not met, while some of his allies have accused him of using the issue as a pretext to trigger early elections.

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