No Dutch government with anti-Islam party

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 17, 2010 19:25

 
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AMSTERDAM  — Talks to form a right-wing Dutch government that would include a strident anti-Islam party have broken down, said the chief coalition negotiator on Thursday.

Uri Rosenthal of the pro-business VVD party said talks with the Christian Democrats and the anti-Islam Freedom Party of Geert Wilders have ended unsuccessfully.

Rosenthal said Thursday he informed Queen Beatrix there was no possibility for a three-party right-wing government.

The VVD, led by Mark Rutte, is likely now to explore a centrist coalition with the left-leaning Labor Party and several smaller parties.

The complex negotiations are a result of inconclusive elections last week in which the VVD and the Freedom Party scored the biggest gains.

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