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Dutch PM Mark Rutte is Leaving Politics

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is leaving politics.

Rutte has announced that he will not be the leader of the list of his People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the next early elections and is leaving politics. He made the announcement in parliament after his fourth government in a row fell last week over disagreements over migration policy.

Dutch government collapses over bitter migration row

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's coalition government collapsed Friday over "insurmountable" differences on how to tackle migration, with elections expected in November.

Rutte, 56, the Netherlands' longest-serving leader and one of Europe's most experienced politicians, said days of crisis talks between the four parties failed to produce a deal.

Vucic: Open discussion on Kosovo-Metohija, I expressed fear over situation

BELGRADE - Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the PMs of The Netherlands and Luxembourg, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said the discussion had been quite sincere and had addressed topics that were not easy and that he had told them he was slightly scared over the situation in Kosovo-Metohija and the extent of Pristina's lack of responsibility.

Vučić welcomed Prime Ministers of the Netherlands and Luxembourg at Palace of Serbia

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vui, welcomed the Prime Ministers of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Xavier Bethel, in the "Serbia" Palace this evening.
The reception will be followed by a joint meeting, after which statements to the media are planned.

Bulgaria’s PM to "Politico": We invited Dutch and Austrian Experts to Monitor our Border

Bulgaria invited specialists from the Dutch and Austrian customs services to monitor operations at the Turkish border to try to dispel concerns that hinder its bid to join the Schengen area for free travel, Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov told Politico last night.

Bulgaria’s PM has made a 6-Month Schengen-Related Commitment to the Dutch PM

"The Netherlands is carefully monitoring the actions for judicial reform in Bulgaria and appreciates the efforts in this direction", it became known from a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov and his Dutch colleague Mark Rutte, reports the government press service.

Euractiv: Bulgaria enters Schengen in 2 Stages

Bulgaria will in all probability enter Schengen by the end of the year and the admission will be in two stages. In October, border control at the airports will be abolished, and in January 2024 - the ground control as well.

This was reported by the Brussels-based publication Euractiv, citing sources from diplomatic circles in Brussels, the Bulgarian parliament and the government.