Dutch Christian democrats to change course

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Mortgage interest tax rebate reform, more focus on sustainability and labour market reform have been proposed as policy aims which the Christian democrats should adopt in the near future.

Sources in the CDA - the Christian democrat party which together with the conservative VVD forms the centre-right minority cabinet – say these are the main recommendations of the Strategic Council, a commission tasked with charting a new political course which is to bring about a reversal of the party’s political fortunes.

The party’s association with Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, on whom the minority cabinet depends for parliamentary support, is seen as one of the main reasons behind the CDA’s prolonged slide in the polls.

However, it is not clear how the Council’s recommendations are to be implemented. Chair Aart Jan de Geus is scheduled to present the Council’s final report to the CDA membership on Saturday.

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