Positive words after formation-work dinner, ‘you feel the energy’

The first joint consultation between VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie started tonight with a working dinner. At a dinner party, the parties coordinated the agendas and discussed which topics will be addressed in which order.

The negotiators of D66 and ChristenUnie arrived together walking together at the Logement on the Plein in The Hague. โ€œIt was good and we are finally going to work,โ€ said ChristenUnion leader Segers afterwards.

โ€œWe have had a good evening in terms of atmosphere and ambition,โ€ said CDA leader Hoekstra. โ€œWe want to do it carefully but also speed up.โ€ Rutte said its going to be exciting and complicated, โ€œbut you feel the energy for a next step,โ€ he said.

The parties will talk further tomorrow morning. The informers expect the second negotiators of the parties, Hermans (VVD), Jetten (D66), Heerma (CDA) and Schouten (ChristenUnie), to play a major role in the discussions due to the busy agendas of the group leaders.

Experiment

Earlier today, informers Remkes (VVD) and Koolmees (D66) called the upcoming phase of the formation an experiment. Unlike previous formations, there really needs to be a concise coalition agreement with a minimum of agreements that parties want to keep to each other.

That coalition agreement will then be elaborated by the new ministers in a government programme.