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Jan Peter Balkenede's Christian Democrats lead the new left-leaning government.
Coalition talks begin, but 'euthanasia' and 'abortion' may be stumbling blocks.
No party has won a clear majority making lengthy coalition building likely.
Exit polls suggest the ruling Christian Democrats are on course for a narrow win.

The Dutch prime minister has officially tendered his government's resignation a day after a junior coalition partner quit in a row over the country's immigration minister.

The Dutch are to vote in their first national referendum, choosing whether to accept or - more likely - reject a proposed European Union constitution.

The European Union and Turkey hav

The European Union has spelled out tough conditions for Turkey to start membership talks next October ahead of final bargaining with the Turkish prime minister at a landmark summit.
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has visited a mosque to underline the importance of dialogue between the various communities in the Netherlands.

The Dutch government says it plans to keep around 1300 troops in Iraq until March 2005 as part of a multinational force in a boost to the US-led

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