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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her speech at an election campaign event her  German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Fulda, Germany, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Words in background  read: 'For Germany'.  General elections are scheduled for Sunday Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Merkel's party looks to Social Democrats for ruling coalition in Germany

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives plan to open coalition talks Friday with leftist Social Democrats in the first round of political bargaining that could drag into early next year, as the two parties haggle over the direction of the next government in the economic powerhouse of Europe.

  • New Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wields the gavel after receiving it from his predecessor, Jan Peter Balkenende, in The Hague on Thursday. Mr. Rutte's minority government pledged budgetary austerity and a crackdown on immigration. (Associated Press)

    Center-right team to lead Dutch

    A four-month political impasse ended in the Netherlands on Thursday, as the country's first postwar minority government took office promising deep budget cuts and tightened immigration rules.

  • ** FILE ** Flanked by two bodyguards, populist anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders (center) prepares to cast his ballot in The Hague on June 9, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Swedish vote a bellwether as Europe moves right

    To an extent, Sweden's elections affirmed twin political trends that have spread throughout Europe in recent years: Fiscally conservative center-right parties have gained ground on social-democratic parties owing to budget crises that were exacerbated by the global economic downturn.

  • Populist anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders, center, casts his ballot in general elections in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday June 9, 2010. Polls opened Wednesday in the Netherlands where Dutch voters will elect a new parliament after an election campaign focused on economic and immigration policy. The conservative VVD party and its leader Mark Rutte are leading in opinion surveys on a deficit-busting, tough-on-immigration platform. The anti-Islam Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders also hope to book large gains. (AP Photo/Cynthia Boll)

    Formal talks begin for Dutch coalition government

    Three right-wing political parties in the Netherlands began formal coalition talks Monday, exactly two months after Dutch voters went to the polls, with the aim of establishing the country's first minority government since World War II.

  • The Netherlands' center-right Liberal Party, led by Mark Rutte, shown in this file photo casting his ballot in general elections June 9, 2010, is in talks to forge a coalition for a three-party government with Maxime Verhagen's Christian Democratic Appeal, backed by the outside support of Geert Wilders's anti-Islam Freedom Party. (AP Photo/Evert-Jan Daniels)

    Netherlands heads for first postwar minority government

    The arrangement would see the victorious Liberal Party forge a coalition with the Christian Democratic Appeal, backed by the outside support of the anti-Islam Freedom Party.

  • **FILE** VVD Party leader Mark Rutte casts his ballot in the general election in The Hague on June 9, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Dutch election victor seeks right-wing coalition

    The winner of the Netherlands' national elections in June is getting another crack at forming a right-wing coalition government, nearly seven weeks after Dutch voters went to the polls.

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