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EU deal on Ukraine could unravel in Dutch parliament

The future of the EU-Ukraine treaty is not yet secure, as Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte still needs to convince opposition parties to support the deal he clinched at the EU summit on Thursday, EUObserver reports.

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The Dutch bill that enacts the ratification needs to be approved by both houses of parliament, and Rutte has no guarantee he will get a majority, however, according to EUObserver.

The Lower House of parliament should be the least difficult - Rutte's coalition has 75 out of 150 seats, with just a single MP needed to secure a majority.

It is widely expected that the centrist, pro-EU D66 party will support the deal.

Poroshenko asks the Dutch to speed up EU-Ukraine deal finalizationThe trouble starts in the Dutch Senate, where Rutte's coalition has only 21 of 75 seats. Even with D66, he would fall seven senators short.

Over the past weeks, Rutte has sought to woo the second-largest party in the Senate, the centre-right CDA.

EU agrees with Dutch proposals on Ukraine-EU Deal ratificationBut the CDA leader in the Lower House, Sybrand Haersma Buma, has been vocal in his opposition to Rutte's attempt to ratify the treaty, despite the Dutch No vote.

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