Wilders to take part in all coalition talks

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The new chief negotiator in the coalition talks, Ivo Opstelten, says he expects it will take around three weeks to complete the negotiations between the VVD, the Christian Democrats and the Freedom Party aimed at forming a two-party minority government.

The former Rotterdam mayor said it was a "challenging" task to produce both a coalition policy agreement between the VVD and the Christian Democrats and an agreement on the policies which will receive the parliamentary support of the Freedom Party.

The support agreement will be a three-way agreement about the matters on which the Freedom Party is obliged to support the coalition. The coalition agreement will contain everything in the support agreement plus agreements between the VVD and the Christian Democrats that the Freedom Party may not approve of.

He added that Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders will be involved in the talks about both agreements so he can indicate in advance if there are any issues about which his party is not prepared to compromise.

Ivo Opstelten emphasized that this does not mean that the Freedom Party has any more power than the two parties in the coalition.

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