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.
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 Amsterdam district court rejected a request by Freedom Party Leader Geert Wilders , who is on trial for inciting hatred and insulting Muslims, to replace the judges hearing his case because they may be prejudiced.
Dutch Freedom Party Leader Geert Wilders was acquitted by a court of charges that he made remarks defaming Muslims, ending a three-year prosecution that he described as a bid to restrict his freedom of speech.
Three-time Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers , who brokered talks on forming a government between his Christian Democrats, the Liberal Party, and the anti-Islam Freedom Party, said he now opposed the plan, citing concerns about freedom of religion.
The Netherlands, the second-largest exporter in the euro zone, got a new government today backed by Geert Wilders ’s anti-Islam party that plans to cut immigration and reduce spending on development aid and the European Union.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered to quit, a move that would trigger early elections, as he sought to win parliamentary support for additional budget cuts needed to steer the Netherlands clear of the debt crisis.