Talks to form the next Dutch government have unexpectedly broken down after the four political parties failed to agree on what to do about migration.

Dutch lawmakers will now have to decide how to press ahead with forming a new coalition government after the collapse of negotiations between Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Christian Democrats, the centrist D66 party and the Greens.

Edith Schippers, the Liberal health minister, said: “Dear friends, it did not work… The substantive differences proved too great.”

The breakdown after 61 days has prompted concerns the nation will have to call another election, which would be welcomed by Geert Wilders who said the failure of the talks was “good news,” and that his Party for Freedom (PVV) was available for coalition negotiations.

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