Socialist Party wants to join Dutch coalition talks

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Socialist Party leader Emile Roemer has written to Herman Tjeenk Willink, the new coalition negotiator, asking for a meeting. He wants him to consider the possibility of a centre-left coalition with the Labour Party, the Christian Democrats, Green Left and the Socialist Party.

He says he is furious that the first negotiator, Uri Rosenthal, ignored his party, which polled nearly a million votes in the recent election and has 15 seats in parliament.

He added that none of the parties invited to meet Mr Tjeenk Willink today has expressed any objection to the Socialist Party or to a centre-left cabinet.

VVD leader Mark Rutte said, after his meeting with the new negotiator, that he has no "block" about any particular coalition, although his preference is for a cabinet with the VVD, Labour and the Christian Democrats.

Following his meeting with Mr Tjeenk Willink, Labour leader Job Cohen said he told the negotiator that he still favours the "purple plus" option with Labour, the VVD, D66 and Green Left. 


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