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Rutte about formation: called and done all weekend, but position VVD unchanged

The position of the VVD in the formation has not changed over the weekend. That said outgoing Prime Minister Rutte after a conversation with informateur Hamer. The VVD leader did call, thought and acted all weekend, he said.

That was also Hamer’s assignment, because he wanted the leaders of VVD, D66, CDA, ChristenUnie, PvdA and GroenLinks to think about a solution for the impasse the formation is in.

Precarious

The VVD leader still wants “to arrive at a coalition with four parties as soon as possible”. He did not want to say more about the process, because he believes it is precarious. “And everything I say about it doesn’t help.” Rutte previously expressed his preference for continuing the current coalition with CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie.

The stalemate that the parties have been in for months looks like this: VVD and CDA do not want both PvdA and GroenLinks, which in turn do not want two left-wing parties without each other, D66 wants “as progressive as possible” and not with the ChristenUnie and that party only want to join if there really is no other option.

Options

Everything indicates that no one has changed their position over the weekend. Today the leaders of the six remaining parties in the formation speak with the informateur to tell how they think it should proceed.

If she can’t answer the question of who wants to go with whom, Hamer has other options. For example, the informateur can ask Rutte and Kaag, the two winners of the elections, to write a coalition agreement together. Or she just asks the current outgoing prime minister. Other parties can then join based on the plans.

Rutte about formation: called and done all weekend, but position VVD unchanged
Source link Rutte about formation: called and done all weekend, but position VVD unchanged

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