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New chance for right-wing coalition

The Christian democrats of the CDA, the conservative party VVD and the anti-Islamic party of Geert Wilders (PVV) want to restart their negotiations. It was only last Friday that Wilders decided to pull out of talks to form a coalition government, claiming that he had lost confidence in supporting a Liberal (VVD)–Christian Democrat (CDA) cabinet. This was prompted by a letter by CDA negotiator Ab Klink, in which he – after three weeks at the same table with Wilders – objected to negotiations with a party (PVV) that wants to go so far as to rewrite the constitution.

Klink, who was attacked from different political sides, left Parliament this Monday. This gives rise to a new chance for a right-wing coalition. On Tuesday, Queen Beatrix appointed Herman Tjeenk Willink, deputy president of the government's most senior advisory body, the Council of State, to lead a 'short intermediate' round of coalition talks.

 

RJ

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