Dutch Prime Minister Steps Down

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.