Dutch Liberals, Socialists in close race ahead of vote

By REUTERS
August 27, 2012 03:53

 
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AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Liberal Party, the pro-business movement led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and the far-left Socialists are neck and neck ahead of a Sept. 12 parliamentary election dominated by the euro zone crisis, two polls showed over the weekend.

The fiscally conservative country is considered a core euro zone member, but the run-up to the ballot has highlighted growing discontent about Europe - in particular over the high cost of bailing out weaker euro zone states and the pressure for belt-tightening at home.

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