Dutch three-way coalition talks set to resume
Negotiations on a new Dutch government, to include the Christian Democratic party CDA and the conservative VVD - which would be supported in parliament by Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party PVV - are set to resume.
On Friday, PVV leader Geert Wilders announced his withdrawal from the talks, but today announced he was willing to resume negotiations after all. Both the CDA and VVD have reacted positively to the news. After a meeting with his MPs, Mr Wilders announced on Tuesday morning that the PVV wanted to resume the coalition negotiations. Last week, his party withdrew from the talks after CDA negotiator Ab Klink decided to quit saying that Mr Wilders would undermine freedom of religion and would harm the Dutch image abroad. Two other CDA MPs were equally critical of the PVV party, which meant the envisaged coalition no longer had its one-seat majority in parliament. The PVV then called the CDA an unreliable partner, despite the fact that the CDA parliamentary party had unanimously decided to submit the negotiation results to all party members.
However, Ab Klink on Tuesday morning announced he had decided to resign his seat. The PVV says it now sees sufficient grounds to resume the coalition negotiations. VVD leader Mark Rutte and CDA leader Maxime Verhagen say their parties also want to resume talks. Queen Beatrix has had a series of meetings with the leaders of all parliamentary parties and other advisors. It is not yet clear who she will choose to lead the new round of coalition talks. Parliament will today hold a debate on the latest developments.
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