Informer Hamer receives seven batches at the same time this morning. These are the winners of the elections VVD and D66, their current coalition colleagues CDA and ChristianUnion, and three left-wing parties PvdA, GroenLinks and SP. Later this week she will speak twice with a cluster of the other parties in the House of Representatives. Next week it will become clear which parties are losing weight as far as she is concerned.
In the group that has been invited today, the parties that are generally accepted are most likely to form a coalition together. Hamer wants to talk to them about a post-coronacrisis recovery plan. These parties have clearly indicated what needs to be done, for example with regard to the labour market. And they seem to be able to find each other on a number of points: for example, an increase in the minimum wage is all negotiable.
The SP is a bit of a strange duck in the bite because this party has repeatedly stated that it does not want to be in a coalition with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The other parties do not exclude the VVD with party leader Rutte.
The most commonly heard option for a new coalition is currently: VVD, D66 and CDA with PvdA and GroenLinks. But VVD and CDA are not waiting for a cabinet with two left-wing parties. “So theres still a hard fight to fight about that,” says TCEit –reporter Wilco Boom. If this combination fails, instead of the PvdA and the Green Left, we will look again at the current governing party Christian Union. It keeps the boat so far with words like: “We are far from the turn”.
Next week settling parties
Later this week Hamer is expected to speak with a group with at least the PVV, Forum for Democracy, the Van Haga Group and JA21, all of which are critical of migration and the European Union. And then a third group comes along, with the Party for the Animals as the largest.
The informer wants to talk about the substance of the matter this week: which direction should the policy of the new cabinet go. But next week, Boom thinks shes going to make a settlement. “Because she has to give advice on which parties should really start negotiating and which ones will fall off.” The intention is to do so on 6 June.
De Cceit writes this morning that there has been a strong clash in the Council of Ministers between VVD leader Rutte and D66 leader Kaag on Israeli policy. According to the newspaper, Kaag wanted to add “what nuance” to the Dutch story, which, according to her, was “too little balance”. And that was against the sore leg of Rutte.CCEIT reporter Boom says that it did go equally hard against hard in the Council of Ministers, but that this is also logical because the parties disagree about the tensions between Israel and Palestinians.
“ That has been the case for years and that indeed led to a lively debate in the Council of Ministers on Friday. But they do differ on more topics. Its also different parties for that. And I do not think that this issue will affect the formation. They both want to rule, and such a disagreement does not alter that.”