Queen to hold fresh coalition talks
It has been announced that Queen Beatrix will hold fresh meetings early next week to discuss how coalition talks should proceed.
On Friday, attempts by the right-wing VVD and the Christian Democrats CDA to form a minority cabinet with the support of Geert Wilders' far-right Freedom Party PVV ended in failure.
On Monday morning, Queen Beatrix will first receive her permanent advisers: Senate Speaker René van der Linden, Lower House Speaker Gerdi Verbeet and the Vice-President of the Council of State, Herman Tjeenk Willink.
On Monday evening, the Queen will meet with the parliamentary party leaders of the VVD, Labour and the Christian Democrats.
On Tuesday morning, she will have discussions with the parliamentary party leaders of the Socialist Party, the democrats D66, Green Left, the Christian Union, the conservative Calvinist SGP party and the Animal Rights Party.
Foreign media The latest breakdown of the protracted coalition talks has attracted widespread interest in foreign media.
Austrian newspaper Krone, commenting on the ongoing coalition talks in the Netherlands and Belgium, speaks of "chaos in the West".
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