D66 leader Sigrid Kaag proposes to negotiate a new cabinet with all six parties from “the broad middle”. At a party meeting in Amsterdam this afternoon, she said: “Let‘s go to the table with all six of the constructive parties – VVD, D66, CDA, PvdA, GroenLinks, ChristenUnie.” This brings a majority cabinet into the picture.
This is how Kaag said in Amsterdam this afternoon:
Informer Remkes is currently investigating the possibilities for a minority cabinet, after the attempt to reach a majority cabinet under informer Hamer failed. VVD and CDA declined to D66′s disappointment to negotiate a cabinet with both PvdA and GroenLinks. For her part, Kaag did not want to negotiate with the Christian Union, because that party would be too much on medical ethical issues.
However, it also stated in Hamer‘s final report that the ChristenUnie for D66 could come into the picture in a combination with VVD, PvdA and GroenLinks, without the CDA.
ChristenUnion leader Segers told the AD earlier today that he does not feel anger about D66 despite the exclusion. “I see that the medical ethical is being made very big. While there are so many times when D66 and ChristenUnie have been shoulder to shoulder over the past four years.”
‘First to blink eyes‘
So now Kaag is willing to sit in a cabinet with both Christian parties. “One known wisdom in negotiation is that you should never move first. But now let me be the first one to blink my eyes. I don’t know if it‘s politically useful. That it feels like the good thing, I know it. We are willing to make a concession. We are ready to lift our political blockade.”
According to Kaag, the parties in the formation, which will continue tomorrow, must put national interest first. “Of course, there are no guarantees of an outcome. But the Netherlands is now craving a breakthrough.”
With her statements this afternoon, Kaag indicates that as far as she is concerned, a majority coalition needs to be discussed again, specifically with the left-wing parties PvdA and GroenLinks which she so sought after. But not all six of the middle parties actually have to end up in the cabinet. This means that continuation of the current coalition is also possible.
In her speech, Kaag said that the last few weeks have taught her that the Netherlands needs a stable cabinet that comes with structural solutions to the major problems. And that the General Political Reflections have shown that too.
“I’ve seen this past week that a broad majority can talk to each other in the debate. That‘s a breath of fresh air. But why not do that in the government?”
None of the five mentioned parties commented on Kaag’s proposal. Tomorrow, informer Remkes will receive VVD, D66 and CDA negotiators. In his invitation, he wrote on Friday that he wants to draw conclusions this week.