Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said 4.3 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in budget cuts for 2014 that were postponed last week may be implemented after all if the economy doesn’t grow fast enough the coming months.
President Giorgio Napolitano was preparing for a second day of talks with leaders of Italy’s fractious parliament as he seeks to broker a compromise on forming a government in Europe’s fourth-largest economy.
Liberals and Christian Democrats in the Netherlands agreed to form a government with backing from Geert Wilders ’s anti-Islam Freedom Party, creating the first Dutch minority administration since World War II.
The Dutch Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Alliance intend to reach an agreement today on forming a government with support from the anti-Islam Freedom Party, creating the Netherlands’ first minority administration since World War II.
Liberals and Christian Democrats in the Netherlands vowed to cut spending by 18 billion euros ($25 billion) by 2015 and ban full-face Islamic veils in their program for the first minority government since World War II.
The Dutch Freedom party wants voters in the Netherlands to decide in a referendum whether the country should return to the guilder, De Telegraaf reported today, citing an interview with party leader Geert Wilders.