Geert Wilders is fucked. Rutte’s Isrealifirster-Free cabinet is ready for business now.
Prime minister: Mark Rutte (VVD), 45. Worked in industry until 2002 then appointed junior social affairs minister. Still teaches once a week at a trade school.
Deputy prime minister, social affairs: Lodewijk Asscher, (PvdA) 38. Amsterdam alderman charged with employment issues. Started controversial clean-up of red light district.
Finance: Jeroen Dijsselbloem (PvdA), 46. Serving MP and close ally of Diederik Samsom. Succeeds Jan Kees de Jager in one of the toughest jobs in the cabinet.
Education: Jet Bussemaker (PvdA), 51. Dean of Amsterdam’s hbo college and junior health minister in the Balkenende IV cabinet. Wiil have to deal with inevitable student protests about grants.
Home affairs: Ronald Plasterk (PvdA), 54. A successful genetic scientist prior to becoming education minister in the Balkenende IV cabinet. As an MP, focused on finance. Known for his hats.
Foreign trade and aid: Lilianne Ploumen (PvdA), 51. Chairman of the PvdA between 2007 and 2011. Worked for Mama Cash, Foster Parents Plan and other international aid programmes.
Economic affairs: Henk Kamp (VVD), 60. Was environment and defence minister in previous administrations and social affairs minister in Rutte I. Second oldest minister
Foreign affairs: Frans Timmermans (PvdA), 51. Former diplomat and civil servant. Was junior foreign minister in Balekenden IV cabinet.