Mark Rutte
  • Queen Beatrix swore in a new Dutch government under PM Mark Rutte, even as he faced harsh criticism over a plan to hike health care premiums.

    Dutch Queen Beatrix, center, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, center left, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher, center right, pose with other ministers of the new Dutch government on the steps of Royal palace Huis Ten Bosch after their inauguration ceremony in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 5, 2012.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 11:00 PM EST
  • Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, and Labor Party Leader Diederik Samsom, left, smile in front of a picture symbolizing the theme of the new government, "building bridges", during a joint press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday Oct. 29, 2012.

    Ruling coalition made up of the pro-free market VVD party and the center-left Labor Party plans to slash government spending by 2017.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EST
  • Freedom Party lawmaker Geert Wilders, second right, surrounded by his bodyguards, poses with a supporter after casting his vote for parliamentary elections in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday Sept. 12, 2012. Dutch voters could change their country's course in tackling the debt crisis when they elect a new parliament Wednesday in a test of whether European voters have the stomach to continue with stringent austerity measures.

    Dutch voters on Wednesday were picking a new parliament in a test of support for stringent austerity measures which are set to influence the way the European Union tackles the debt crisis.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 1:30 AM EST