Dutch coalition agreement is presented to the public

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The leaders of the conservative VVD, the Christian Democrats and the Freedom Party have presented their plans for a centre-right Rutte-Verhagen government. The plans include 18 billion euros in cuts. “Everyone will be affected,” says conservative VVD leader Mark Rutte.

Immigration policies will be tightened and law and order will be improved. “Vandals will pay more for damage,” says Mr Rutte. A national police force will be introduced and 3000 extra police officers will be taken on. Teachers’ pay will be linked to performance. There will be fewer politicians, as the number of members of the Upper and Lower Houses of parliament in the Netherlands will be reduced and ministries will merge.

CDA leader Maxime Verhagen said he is convinced that the agreement will appeal to all Christian Democrats. Mark Rutte called it “an agreement to be proud of”.

On Tuesday, agreement was reached on two agreements, a coalition agreement between the conservative VVD and the Christian Democrats as well as a second agreement between all three parties in which the Freedom Party pledges its parliamentary support. The new government’s motto is “Freedom and Responsibility”.

Freedom Party leader

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