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Drees

Outside the Binnenhof in The Hague you will find this statue of Willem Drees. Drees (1886-1988) was a Dutch politician, prime minister of the Netherlands from 1948 until 1958, as a member of the social-democratic Dutch Labour Party (PvdA).

 

Born in Amsterdam, Drees was known as Vadertje Drees ("Father Drees"), and was very popular. During his office as a prime minister, the Netherlands recovered from the Second World War, Decolonization took place and the modern welfare state was formed. Drees also held the cabinet postition of Minister of State in 1959. He died in The Hague in 1988.

 

The statue is made by the Dutch artist Eric Claus.

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Taken on December 13, 2005