Dutch PM Mark Rutte and his main rival in the imminent national election, the far-fight populist Geert Wilders, have clashed in a face-to-face TV debate. The Dutch election is being seen as a key indicator of the future of populism in Europe.
The third consecutive cabinet of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been sworn after a record 225 days of negotiations since the March election. His new coalition is set to move the Netherlands further to the right.
After months of negotiations, four Dutch parties have reportedly reached a tentative agreement to form a new government. After years of austerity, it is expected to bring in tax cuts and boost spending on defense.
It hasn't taken this long to form a Dutch government since 1977. Four parties will come together to form a coalition that will only have a majority of one seat in the lower house.
Four-party negotiations to form a government in the Netherlands have fallen apart a second time. The main point of contention is immigration policy - which had likewise been the hottest potato in the election campaign.
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