Prime Minister Rutte is fighting for his political life after telling reporters last week that he had not discussed popular MP Pieter Omtzigt in his coalition talks. But according to notes made by civil servants, Rutte did talk about the lawmaker.
The pro-EU D66 party, which has challenged Rutte's European policy as part of his current government, is set to surge into second place, while anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders lost ground to move into third, public broadcaster NOS predicted.
Deep-rooted hatred against Islam persists, says Joram van Klaveren, the former far-right European politician, who was once a close ally of Geert Wilders.
The Netherlands starts three days of voting in a primary test of a European government's coronavirus policies, with PM Mark Rutte set to win another term in office.
The discovery of the new variant has prompted EU countries to stiffen their lockdown measures.
Decision follows last month’s parliamentary inquiry that found officials at the tax service, with government oversight, had driven thousands of families to financial ruin with wrongful accusations of fraud in connection with childcare subsidies.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte's four-party coalition government must decide on Friday whether to resign in the face of the scandal that saw thousands of families wrongly accused of fraud between at least 2013 and 2019, Dutch media reported.
Germany's Merkel and France's Macron say Europe must reform open-border Schengen area in light of recent terrorist attacks, in an online summit of continent's main leaders.
An alliance of "frugals", led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria, has been resisting calls for the bulk of funds to be doled out as non-repayable grants.
Europe is in the depths of its deepest recession since World War II and the leaders are seeking common ground on the terms of $857 billion stimulus package that would help lift those hardest hit by the pandemic.
Leaders are under pressure to find a compromise over the $2.1 trillion budget proposal, which includes an $825-billion new recovery instrument to help relaunch the European economy after the pandemic.
After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's admission to an intensive care unit, many world leaders are wishing a quick recovery.
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