Rutte seeks ‘stable’ coalition of four parties for next cabinet

Rutte seeks ‘stable’ coalition of four parties for next cabinet
  1. Rutte seeks ‘stable’ coalition of four parties for next cabinet
    Prime minister Mark Rutte is looking to put together a ‘stable’ coalition of four parties following last week’s election.…

Mark Rutte after meeting Edith Schippers. Photo: Phil Nijhuis/Hollands Hoogte

Prime minister Mark Rutte is looking to put together a ‘stable’ coalition of four parties following last week’s election.

Rutte told reporters he preferred a majority in both houses of Parliament to a minority government, following a brief meeting with health minister Edith Schippers.

Schippers is spending the day meeting the leaders of all 13 parties in the new Parliament in her role as ‘verkenner’, taking initial soundings to gauge potential coalition options. Parliament will debate her findings and the election result on Thursday.

Rutte repeated his pre-election promise that he would not work in government with Geert Wilders’s anti-Islam PVV party, but beyond that all options were open. He said the most likely coalition would involve the Christian Democrats and D66, together with a fourth party – either the Socialists (SP), ChristenUnie, GroenLinks or Labour (PvdA). ‘All these parties have their advantages and disadvantages,’ said Rutte.

Senior Labour politicians, including leader Lodewijk Asscher and departing international development minister Lilianne Ploumen, have said the party should not seek to stay in government following its heavy election defeat, while there are deep divisions between the Socialists and Rutte’s VVD party on major issues such as health and pensions.

Policy differences

Rutte identified five policy areas he wanted his next cabinet to focus on: reducing the tax burden for middle incomes, investing in care for the elderly, the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, improving conditions for employers, and extra spending on defence and police.

GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver, who was second on Schippers’s list, said he favoured a ‘progressive Christian’ cabinet, potentially without Rutte’s VVD. ‘I said that before the elections and I’m saying it again today: I think we need to look broadly at the possible majority options,’ he said. Klaver added that the only party he ruled out was the PVV.

Klaver said his policy priorities were to close the gap between high and low incomes, tackle climate change and impose a ‘humane refugee policy’, putting him at odds with Rutte on the economy and asylum.

But CDA leader Sybrand Buma dismissed the idea of leaving Rutte out of the coalition. ‘I think it’s highly illogical to suggest building a coalition with the largest party, given the election result,’ he said.

Wilders: ‘undemocratic’

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