The Labour Party and GroenLinks will negotiate as one team at the formation and, as they emphasize themselves, that is the next step in closer left-wing cooperation. A step that makes a lot loose from the supporters of those parties, because: is this a regret to a merger?
It has been talked about forming a left, progressive block for years. But it never works. Political historian Harm Kaal of Radboud University tells in the podcast De Dag where that struggle comes from and what history teaches about political mergers. In fact, he believes mergers always work well, although the road to it is long and laborious. One thing for sure: merging is of all times, and certainly not just a left-wing hobby.
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