Bos denies shutting GroenLinks out

2nd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

2 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – Labour PvdA-leader Wouter Bos is disgruntled at accusations from Green-left GroenLinks faction leader Femke Halsema that he deliberately kept her party out of the government formation process.

2 February 2007

AMSTERDAM – Labour PvdA-leader Wouter Bos is disgruntled at accusations from Green-left GroenLinks faction leader Femke Halsema that he deliberately kept her party out of the government formation process.

“Halsema is apparently under so much pressure that she is starting to rewrite history,” Bos said via a spokesperson.
 
Halsema accused Bos explicitly on Thursday of choosing the ChristenUnie above her own party. “Bos knew we were willing to join the discussion if the ChristenUnie was kept out of the process,” she said. “But he wanted to be the only left-wing party in the cabinet. He didn’t want to share the spotlight with us.”

In his response Bos referred to the final report from Rein Jan Hoekstra, who chaired the exploratory phase of the formation process.

“Hoekstra’s account is clear. The PvdA urged the Christian Democrat CDA, PvdA and GroenLinks to start talks. But GroenLinks rejected that proposal.”

 Bos said he “completely understands” that both GroenLinks and the Socialist Party feel left out of the game. “But that is no reason to deny that it was their own decision to leave the talks.”

[Copyright Expatica 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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