First Drees cabinet

Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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Drees I (15 March 1951 2 September 1952), sometimes known as Drees II if the preceding Drees-Van Schaik cabinet is counted as Drees I (although Drees II generally refers to the following cabinet), was a Dutch cabinet under PM Willem Drees that consisted of ministers of PvdA, KVP, CHU, VVD and one independent minister. It was a continuation of the Drees-Van Schaik cabinet, after issues over the policy concerning New Guinea led to the fall of the cabinet. However, this did not lead to new elections. The new formation was started by an informateur, which was a new phenomenon.

The New Guinea issue was consequently 'put in the freezer' and the focus shifted to social-economic issues.

A major new law was the unemployment law.

In 1951 the Netherlands became one of the founding members of the European Coal and Steel Community.


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