Informer Hamer has asked the House of Representatives for extra time. She says she makes meters on the content, but she does not yet know who would want to negotiate with whom to form a coalition. She does not mention a new date for the completion of her assignment, but does say she is optimistic.
Hamer, who was put to work three weeks ago by the House of Representatives, should have delivered her final report before Sunday. “But I actually said from day one that I had a complicated assignment and that June 6th was very ambitious,” she said after an intensive week of conversations.
She is positive about the substantive part of her assignment, which includes the need for a recovery and transition plan for the post-corona period. It must also be clear beforehand that there is broad support in the House of Representatives. The informer announced that she would like to invite more parties again next week, also in view of that support.
This week she spoke in various compositions with VVD, D66, CDA, ChristenUnie, PvdA and GroenLinks. This showed that the puzzle of those who want to rule with whom is still very complex. This afternoon VVD-leader Rutte and CDA leader Hoekstra clearly stated that they do not want to join the PvdA and GroenLinks, because they are too far from CDA and VVD.
Third eye made overhours
Hamer said last Friday that she would turn her “third eye” on this weeks talks. In doing so, she wanted to see which parties could work together. Now she concludes that “my third eye may have worked overtime. But if you ask, do you see a coalition coming out here? No, not that.”
Still, the informer is not gloomy. “Its far too early to say theres a deadlock.” She sees a difference between the conversations that party leaders have with journalists outside and her conversations in the Stadholderskamer. Rutte made his statements about the PvdA and GroenLinks also outside the sight of Hamer. In the formation room Hamer sees a lot of similarities in the plans on how to proceed with the Netherlands.
By the way, Hamer thinks that the speed should be progressively made. She says that this is ultimately up to the parties themselves. “My appeal in general is to the opposition and to the coalition: we must move on in this country.”