Dutch Prime Minister Steps Down

    Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for an informal dinner gathering European Union (EU) heads of State or government on the eve of an European Union summit at the EU headquarters on December 8, 2011 in Brussels.  AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet tendered their resignations Monday as budget talks in the Netherlands fell through. Rutte and the Dutch Parliament will meet Tuesday to schedule new elections. Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager told reporters that the government would succeed in making the necessary cuts, saying that “for decades the Netherlands have shown a solid fiscal budgetary policy, and this will not change.” Budget talks between the government and the right-wing party led by controversial politician Geert Wilders went on for seven weeks before falling to pieces Saturday.

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