King Willem-Alexander, in a speech written by the Dutch government is quoted as saying:
The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form.
The Independent (and Guido where I found this) are calling this the end of the welfare state. The alternative is that “people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government”.
A step in the right direction.