Connect to share and comment
PM Mark Rutte's coalition government collapsed in negotiations to make budget cuts in line with European Union rules.
Holland's prime minister Mark Rutte has offered his cabinet's resignation to Queen Beatrix, according to the BBC.
His coalition collapsed after the Freedom Party pulled out of talks to cut €16.1 billion ($21.2 billion) from the budget.
The Associated Press wrote that the party pulled out of talks aimed at bringing the Dutch budget in line with new European Union rules meant to stave off future financial trouble. The euro zone has been struggling under the weight of massive public debt amassed by some countries that use the currency.
More from GlobalPost: EU austerity watch: Two test cases
While Holland has "relatively low levels of national debt, its economy is in recession and it is expected to post a deficit of 4.6 percent in 2012 — well over the 3 percent mandated by European rules," the AP said.
European officials said the Netherlands and Germany were most strident in demanding the EU adopt a strict 3 percent deficit limit.
The Guardian reports that Dutch political experts do not expect elections will be held before September. The collapse "means that Rutte becomes the latest eurozone leader to fall victim to the eurozone crisis," the paper wrote.