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.