PvdA and GroenLinks do not want to make agreements with VVD, D66 and CDA about next year‘s budget. “We’re not going to talk about support for policy in backrooms,” party leaders Ploumen and Clover said after group discussions. “If they want to negotiate with us, they have to invite us to the cabinet formation. We‘ll be ready this afternoon,” Klaver said.
Prior to the General Political Reflections of later this week, VVD, D66 and CDA would like to agree on budget support. They don’t feel completely certain about the support of the Christian Union, which last week announced that she doesn‘t feel part of the coalition anymore.
Acting VVD Group President Hermans would consult on behalf of the forming parties this week with “parties in the broad political center” on possible budget adjustments. This involves tackling the housing crisis, climate and purchasing power, for example.
“But negotiating that with us is no use,” Ploumen and Clover say. Their groups have been working together on many subjects lately. They prefer to keep their hands free to submit alternative plans with other opposition parties and get a majority for them, possibly with the support of the Christian Union. For example, they want to increase the minimum wage.
New Governance Culture
“We want to talk about next year’s budget, but we just do that in the plenary room,” Klaver said. “That also fits well with the so desired new governance culture.” Each party has to make their proposals there, and then it turns out if there is a majority for it, the left bloc argues.
Most of the plans in the Million Memo will receive the support of the Christian Union, as they have already been agreed on them in recent times. The question is whether there is sufficient support in the Senate too, because the demissionary cabinet does not have a majority there even with the Christian Union.
PvdA and GroenLinks hope that VVD and CDA will remove their blockade, so that discussions can start about a majority cabinet with the two left-wing parties. They will not endup with a minority cabinet, but they will judge the proposals of such a cabinet every time. When asked if there should be new elections, Klaver said, “That would be a shame.”