Coalition talks resume with "grand" option
Senator Uri Rosenthal is holding talks today to examine the next option for a coalition government. He will be joined by the leaders of the pro-business VVD, the Labour party and the Christian Democrats.
Maxime Verhagen of the Christian Democrats is the first in line for discussions with the coalition negotiator, followed by Job Cohen Labour and Mark Rutte VVD.
The new option, the third so far, is known as the broad or "grand" cabinet since it involves the top three traditional parties.
The earlier attempt to explore the possibility of a four-way coalition with VVD and Labour plus the smaller centre-left D66 and Green Left parties, the so-called "purple plus" option, ended on Tuesday when Mark Rutte announced that the VVD was unwilling to make the necessary concessions to share power with these three.
Labour is known not to favour a government with the VVD and the Christian Democrats. Job Cohen referred to it as a cabinet with "one winner and two losers". Labour lost three seats in the general election earlier this month, while the Christian Democrats were reduced from 41 to 21 seats.
Maxime Verhagen says his Christian Democrats are not excluding any options, although it was they who last week ruled out the option of a coalition with the VVD and Geert Wilders' Freedom Party.
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