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Annual report 2012

The year 2012 was marked by a number of striking changes in and around theCouncil, with potentially far-reaching consequences. By that, I do not just mean thechange that is significant for me personally, namely my acceptance of thepresidency of the Council, as successor to Alexander Rinnooy Kan. Far moredecisive for the Council and the climate “in the polder” were the changes within theunion movement and the advent of the second government led by Mark Rutte. Atthe end of 2012, the media referred to a revival of the “polder model” (i.e. theconsensus model).