Four-Party Talks to Form Dutch Government Collapse

Negotiations to form a coalition government with the Greens break down.

Mark Rutte
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte arrives in Brussels for a meeting with other European leaders, February 12, 2015 (European Council)
  • Four-party talks in the Netherlands to form a coalition government have collapsed.
  • Immigration, climate and income policy were among the most divisive issues.
  • The liberal party of caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte had been negotiating with the Christian Democrats, liberal Democrats and Greens since the election in March.
  • The obvious next step is to swap the Greens for the Christian Union.