A puppet state is a state that is supposedly independent but is in fact completely dependent upon an outside power. It is nominally sovereign but effectively controlled by a foreign or otherwise alien power, for reasons such as financial interests.
Jan Peter Balkenende and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer visit George W. Bush in 2003.
...the Netherlands prided itself always during the Cold War of being 'a loyal ally' of the United States... Like other countries in the same league, the Netherlands has always found it difficult to reconcile itself with the fact that its international impact is small, and more particularly, to recognize that this influence has declined over the years, specifically because of the increasing membership of the major international organizations of which it is a member (EU and NATO).
When the question was asked whether 'the Netherlands should support this war militarily,' (table 49) majorities or sizeable pluralities answered no, and no more than one fourth were willing to support Dutch actual participation in the attack. Poland is on the same line with Holland... The major, striking similarity among these different countries is the stability of the public opposition to the war.
George W. Bush with Angela Merkel, Tony Blair and Romano Prodi in 2007
Germany and France are to coordinate their opposition to war in Iraq.
In spite of outspoken French opposition to the Iraq war (normative coding 5), the French government continued to provide overflight rights and logistical support. ... Answering US requests in late 2002, the German government confirmed that it continued to grant overflight and transit rights as well as use of military bases for the planned intervention against Iraq.
The entire US-controlled political process this year - the January 30 elections for a transitional government, the drafting of a new constitution and the referendum on October 15 - has been aimed at giving the veneer of legal legitimacy to the plunder of the country's oil and gas and the formation of a puppet government that will sanction an indefinite US military presence in Iraq.