Talks between informer Remkes and VVD, D66 and CDA will continue next Monday. That‘s what informer Remkes said after consulting in Hilversum with the leaders of VVD, D66, and CDA. According to Remkes, there were good conversations this weekend, but last week’s events have worked “complicating”. He was referring to the motions of censure adopted in the Chamber and the resignation of ministers Bijleveld and Kaag in the wake of the poorevacuations from Afghanistan. According to him, that caused “a lot of political pain.”
Remkes still thinks that the three parties can work fruitfully together, but he does worry about the situation. In any case, no breakthrough has been reached. “If I was convinced that all of this was going to fly, I would have stood here something else. I think it takes too long.”
Take a look at Remkes‘s explanation here:
Remkes wanted to explore “from the content” this weekend whether VVD, D66 and CDA can collaborate fruitfully. He had chosen the De Zwaluwenberg estate in Hilversum, so that the party leaders Rutte, Kaag and Hoekstra and their secondants in a quiet environment could talk to each other a little longer. The House of Representatives is to investigate whether a minority cabinet can come from a combination of VVD, D66 and CDA.
Pressure is increasing
The elections have been more than six months ago and from all sides the pressure is increasing that a new cabinet needs to be introduced quickly. The political situation surrounding the cabinet demissionary since January became even more precarious this week after the resignation of ministers Kaag (Thursday) and Bijleveld (Friday).
The fact that the talks will only continue in a week has to do with the fact that it will be Prince Day next week and the General Reflections will be held in the Chamber. Rutte also has to go to the United Nations in New York next week as Prime Minister.
VVD leader Rutte said it is “very intense what happened last week”. According to him, this has no direct impact on the cooperation between VVD, D66 and CDA, and the three have the will to come out, but have not been able to make concrete agreements already. “The exact form and conditions, we really need to talk about that.”
Take a look at Rutte’s explanation here:
D66 leader Kaag also used the word violently, but according to her the conversations this weekend have laid a good foundation. “We have to move on now. The demissionary cabinet is starting to become a pigeon house”.
She stressed the importance of working with the political center:
CDA leader Hoekstra spoke of an awkward week, which has also done something with the “personal dynamics”. But he goes home “moderately optimistic”. “We‘re not ready yet, but there are few flavors left.”
That’s why Hoekstra wants to collaborate with other parties:
The next week, VVD Group Chairman Hermans, also on behalf of D66 and CDA, will consult with other parties “in the broad political centre” on possible adjustments to the budget for next year. That budget will be submitted Tuesday, Prince Day. “Everyone realizes that the lines with GroenLinks, PvdA and ChristenUnie should be open,” Rutte said.
“The budget is less substantive than if there had been a missionary cabinet and you want to see how as many things as possible can happen in 2022.”
PvdA: procrastination idiot
PvdA and GroenLinks respond very critically to the fact that the formation is actually being postponed again. In Buitenhof, Pvda leader Ploumen called that idiot: “They‘ve been together for two days now. A majority cabinet has not been negotiated for a second and now we have to wait another week. Two right-wing parties block two left-wing parties and the problems will not be resolved.”
GroenLinks foreman Klaver also thinks it is unwise to wait any longer. Like Ploumen, he reiterated that he is still willing to participate in a majority cabinet, even with six parties (VVD, D66, CDA, PvdA, GroenLinks and ChristenUnie). According to Clover, politicians should step over personal feuds: “It’s not a nursery.”
Clover did call it positive that the forming parties would like to see with others this week what can be arranged in the budget for next year: “That does not bring a cabinet closer, but it is very important.”
For example, PvdA and GroenLinks want to abolish the landlord levy for landlords of social rental housing. As a result, they believe that more affordable housing could be quickly established They think there might be room for that right now. And they want bigger steps in climate policy. Beyond what the cabinet has already pledged, one of the coal plants should be soonerclose.