Lew calls.

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leased on Sun­day showed. The gov­ern­ment, led by Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte’s Lib­er­als, is set for ne­go­ti­a­tions with sev­eral op­po­si­tion par­ties whose sup­port it needs to get a 2016 bud­get through the se­nate, where it does not have a ma­jor­ity. Fail­ure to pass a bud­get would spell the end for Rutte’s shaky gov­ern­ment, though a com­pro­mise is seen as the most likely out­come. Poll­ster Mau­rice de Hond said that Rutte’s cred­i­bil­ity was dam­aged in a de­bate on the Greece bailout on Wed­nes­day when he ac­knowl­edged he will break a pledge he made dur­ing 2012 elec­tions that he would give “not one more cent” to Greece. Rutte’s Lib­er­als fell from first place in the weekly poll to fourth place be­hind pop­ulist politi­cian Geert Wilders’s Free­dom Party, the So­cial­ists and the Chris­tian Democrats, all of whom op­posed the Greece bailout. That re­ver­sal is not as dra­matic as it sounds, as sup­port for the four is tightly

US Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Ja­cob J. Lew spoke sev­eral times with Greek and Puerto Ri­can of­fi­cials in the first quar­ter of 2015, his cal­en­dar re­leased re­cently shows. Lew spoke on the phone with Yanis Varoufakis, Greek fi­nance min­is­ter at that time, at least four times be­tween Jan­uary and March, and also called Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras on Fe­bru­ary 13 and March 13, the doc­u­ment shows. Lew met Puerto Rico Gover­nor Ale­jan­dro Gar­cia Padilla at least twice and par­tic­i­pated in a “Puerto Rico de­brief call” with Jeff Zients, di­rec­tor of the White House’s Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil, on March 12.

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