Drees-Van Schaik cabinet
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This coalition had a 76% representation in the second chamber of parliament. It had to have a broad basis for the change in constitution that was required to make the Dutch East Indies independent, resulting in the new country Indonesia (in December 1949). In 1948 a second politionele actie (litt: politional action, but actually a military intervention) was embarked upon, but ended under international pressure. The rejection of a VVD-motion over New Guinea in 1951 led to the fall of the cabinet. However, no elections were held and a new cabinet was formed with the same parties, Drees I.
In 1949, the Netherlands entered the NATO. In the same year several alterations of the German border took place.
- (Dutch) Kabinet-Drees/Van Schaik, Rijksoverheid.nl
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