Parliament debating Dutch 2012 budget

21st September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Parliament has begun its annual two-day debate on next year’s budget, which the government presented on Tuesday.

Immediately after the Queen’s annual Budget Day address, opposition leaders criticised the government for failing to show leadership and vision. The government´s plans, they argue, are inadequate to tackle the country’s current economic woes and deal with another downturn.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaking for the cabinet, will address the concerns raised by the opposition. The two governing parties, the pro-business VVD and the Christian Democrats, as well as the Freedom Party, which backs the minority cabinet in parliament, stress the need for deep spending cuts to reduce the growing budget deficit and stimulate the economy.

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