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On a sunny Saturday morning in April 2012 a news alert flashed on the computer screens of journalists all over the Netherlands: "Dutch headed for early elections after talks collapse." Within hours, most of the foreign press corps, together with their local colleagues were gathered at Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's official residence at Catshuis in The Hague. There, Rutte revealed that long-followed wrangling on how to tackle Europe's growing debt crisis collapsed, prompting the fall of his government followed by an announcement that early elections were now likely..

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