Dutch Prime Minister Rutte cancels attendance at Brussels summit as Cabinet crisis deepens

December 18, 2014 2:00 PM

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Dutch Prime Minister Rutte cancels attendance at Brussels summit as Cabinet crisis deepens

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte steps outside to welcome Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel in The Hague, Netherlands. The future of Mark Rutte’s two-party coalition hangs in the balance Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, amid behind-closed-doors discussions aimed at rescuing health care reforms intended to shave 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) off government spending. The package was rejected Tuesday thanks in part to the votes of three government senators. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File) (The Associated Press)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Netherlands' prime minister has canceled plans to attend a European summit in Brussels in order to focus his full attention on a domestic political spat that is threatening to cause the collapse of his 2-year-old governing coalition.

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