Increasing pressure from senior CDA members
About 60 members of the Christian Democratic party CDA have called for an end to the current negotiations aimed at forming a right-wing minority cabinet of the CDA and the conservative VVD supported by Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party PVV.
In a letter published in the leading newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the group, led by former agriculture minister Cees Veerman, argues that the intended coalition is not in the nation’s best interests.
Cooperation with the PVV will allegedly lead to polarisation in society and discord within the CDA. The signatories also argue that the Netherlands would suffer a serious loss of face internationally if the PVV were to play an important role in the government. Among the signatories are a former CDA chair and several former ministers.
In the past few weeks, a number of CDA members have written letters to newspapers in which they expressed concern about a possible cooperation with Geert Wilders’ PVV. And former prime minister Ruud Lubbers recently called for a time-out in the coalition talks.
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