Progress made in Dutch coalition talks

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The Dutch coalition mediators say the four parties taking part in the negations are making a serious effort to form a government. However, they add it is too early to say whether the attempt to thrash out a joint programme will be successful.

The leaders of the free-market liberal VVD, Labour, the D66 democrats and Green Left have been holding talks for a week aimed at a coalition agreement. Their discussions are being led by Uri Rosenthal and Jacques Wallage.

The two mediators broke their self-imposed silence on Monday to inform the media about the progress of the talks on a ‘purple-plus coalition’ the colour refers to the VVD’s blue added to the red of Labour, while the ‘plus’ indicates the presence of the other two parties.

Senator Rosenthal and Professor Wallage said there had been an energetic start to the negotiations a week ago. The four parties have since been holding robust discussions on the cuts needed to tackle government debt. Other important issues on which the parties disagree, such as reform of mortgage relief rules, changes to pensions and in health care have all been addressed.



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