'Purple plus' parties continue coalition talks
The leaders of the four "purple plus" parties VVD, Labour, D66 and GreenLeft have joined the negotiators Uri Rosenthal and Jacques Wallage in the Senate building in The Hague to continue their talks about a coalition agreement.
Although they had agreed not say anything specific about the progress of the talks, Labour Party leader Job Cohen and GreenLeft leader Femke Halsema made it clear there was a good atmosphere.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said his head was full of football and he still "had to adjust" after the Dutch victory in South Africa last night.
The four parties are apparently attempting to develop a compact agreement. The main obstacle seems to be the issue of the austerity measures needed to deal with the financial crisis and where the cuts should be made.
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