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Dutch far-right Geert Wilders' hopes of becoming prime minister sink after coalition talks collapse

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Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders’ hopes of becoming prime minister of the Netherlands are dwindling as coalition talks face obstacles. Pieter Omtzigt, leader of the center-right New Social Contract (NSC), has withdrawn from negotiations, complicating Wilders’ efforts to form an alliance for his Party for Freedom (PVV). Omtzigt cited differences in financial expectations as a reason for his withdrawal. Wilders, known for his anti-immigration stance, had been negotiating with NSC, the center-right VVD, and the farmers’ protest party BBB. The collapse of talks raises doubts about Wilders’ ability to form a majority in the lower legislative body.