Talks on forming a new Dutch government collapsed on Monday after chief negotiator Edith Schippers said the negotiations had reached stalemate over the issue of migration.

The ruling VVD, fellow Liberal party D66, the Christian Democrats and left-wing greens GroenLinks have been in talks on forming a four-party coalition since the general election on March 15.

Schippers told reporters on Monday evening that the differences in some policy areas had turned out to be too wide to breach.

'Migration proved to be a bridge too far,' she said. 'We have not been able to reach a joint basic decision.' Other policy areas such as climate change and income policy are also difficult subjects to reach agreement on, she said.

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