SP 'walked away' from coalition talks

20th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Socialist SP leader Jan Marijnissen said his party pulled out of talks over a new Cabinet with the Labour PvdA and Christian Democrat CDA when it became clear that it could not co-operate with the CDA.

20 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — Socialist SP leader Jan Marijnissen said his party pulled out of talks over a new Cabinet with the Labour PvdA and Christian Democrat CDA when it became clear that it could not co-operate with the CDA.

But Marijnissen denied allegations during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday that he had "walked away" from the coalition formation.

PvdA leader Wouter Bos said he was disappointed with the SP. The Democrat D66, green-left GroenLinks and Liberal VVD were also critical of the SP's attitude during exploratory coalition talks with informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra.

But Marijnissen said Hoekstra had also come to the conclusion that the policy differences between the CDA and SP were too big to allow a coalition, stressing that the CDA was pleased with the policy it waged with the Liberal VVD.

He also said the CDA believed a coalition government with the PvdA and SP would have placed too much weight in favour of the left-wing.

Bos also criticised GroenLinks — which refused to enter coalition talks as well — for failing to take its opportunity to make the country a more social and green country.

The CDA, PvdA and ChristenUnie parties will now enter into coalition talks next year, with a new government expected to be formed in March.

But the CDA and PvdA could still clash over tax deductions allowed on mortgage repayments.

And the ChristenUnie's plan to place objections to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriages "high on the agenda" will meet with resistance from the PvdA.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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