The Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte’s coalition lost its majority, following the resignation of a lawmaker from the social democrat party PvdA.

After this, the coalition of Rutte’s Liberals VVD and the PvdA holds exactly half of the seats: 75 out of 150.

The Netherlands is the first of three nations representing about 40 percent of the EU’s economy to hold national elections next year amid a wave of populism sweeping the region as voters reel from financial crises and the inflow of refugee...

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