Fall of Dutch cabinet could spark early EU debate

The Dutch government resigned on Thursday (29 June) over an immigration row, raising the prospect of early elections which could see a battle over a new referendum on EU treaty changes.

Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende will on Friday offer his resignation to Dutch queen Beatrix following the withdrawal from the cabinet of the smallest, left-liberal party D66.

D66, led in the parliament by former MEP Lousewies van der Laan, had in a marathon nightly debate on Thursday morning ...

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