Dutch parliament approves Greek bailout


The Dutch parliament on Wednesday voted down a motion calling on the government not to back a third bailout package for Greece, effectively endorsing the rescue of the debt-ridden fellow eurozone country.

The motion was rejected by a margin of 81-52 in the 150-member parliament. One member of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s own party broke away to oppose the bailout, which is unpopular with Rutte’s conservative voter base.

Rutte said earlier that a parliamentary motion for or against the bailout was unnecessary, as it was the cabinet, not parliament, that makes policy.

Rutte also easily survived a no-confidence vote called by right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders, who deeply opposes the bailout.