Video: Dutch news roundup, 16  October 2010

Video: Dutch news roundup, 16 October 2010

16th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

After four months of political uncertainty, the Netherlands has a new coalition government. Plans to build wind farms in the North Sea don't sit well with a group of fishermen. The EU decides that all Gouda cheese must be made in the Netherlands. And American soul singer Solomon Burke dies in Amsterdam.

The EU decides that all Gouda cheese must be made in the Netherlands. And American soul singer Solomon Burke dies in Amsterdam.

New government

Last June's parliamentary election yielded a highly divided result. The free-market liberal VVD party won the most votes becoming the largest party, but the big winner was the Dutch Freedom Party or PVV, led by anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders. It took more than four months, but VVD leader Mark Rutte has finally pulled together a governing coalition. However, it was no easy task. Rutte had to resort to an unusual configuration, a minority coalition with the Christian Democrats. Collectively, the two parties do not command a parliamentary majority, so they sought support from the PVV. The PVV is not officially a part of the cabinet, but they did participate in the negotiations between the the VVD and the Christian Democrats. A government agreement was forged between the three parties and this week the new government was unveiled.

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