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By Tara Oakes
BRUSSELS (MNI) - Talks on forming a new government restarted in the
Netherlands Wednesday after a three-week summer break, Dutch news reported.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has remained in place since the March 15
election, as negotiations between four parties are yet to hit a breakthrough
for the formation of a new coalition.
Rutte's centre-right VVD party won 33 seats, the largest number of any
party. But the result still denies them an overall majority in the 150-seat
All parties refuse to negotiate with the second-largest grouping, the PVV
party, led by far-right firebrand Geert Wilders.
Instead, Dutch media report that the VVD will hold meetings with 3 possible
coalition partners: the next-largest centre-right CDA, the liberal D66 and
ChristianUnie (CU) party. If struck, a deal between the parties would reach 76
Dutch daily Financieele Dagblad reported Wednesday that differences
remained between the D66 and the CU on medical ethics.
"On money you can reach a compromise. On principles you can't," it quoted
CU negotiator Gert-Jan Segers as saying.
FD added that talks would continue Thursday.
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