The Netherland's Queen Beatrix called on Wednesday for national elections on September 12, leaving the country with only a caretaker government for more than four months as it struggles to comply with EU budget rules.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his 18-month-old right-wing government resigned on Monday after failing to agree on billions of euros in government cuts required to get the Dutch deficit down from 4.6 per cent to 3 per cent of GDP next year.
All EU member states have until the end of the month to submit a draft 2013 budget and plan of economic reforms to Brussels under the EU's so-called Stability and Growth Pact.
Caretaker Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager met leaders of all political parties on Wednesday in a bid to find common ground on cuts ahead of a debate tomorrow.
Lord Feldman says that he didn't call grassroots Tories "mad swivel-eyed loons" while his accusers stand by their stories that he did.
As Aslef's annual assembly of delegates begins in Edinburgh tomorrow the general secretary explains the challenges his members - and workers across the country - face
France is the latest to face clamour from the EU to enforce crippling 'structural reforms.' The medicine is killing the patient