VVD foreman Rutte and D66 leader Kaag can work to initiate a coalition agreement. A large majority of the Chamber supports the recommendations of informer Hamer for the leaders of the largest parties in the House to write a “document in general”. Later, other parties will be able to see if they want to join.
The Chamber adopted a motion on this afternoon by Rutte and Kaag. VVD, D66, CDA, PvdA, GroenLinks, ChristenUnie, Volt, SGP and the Den Haan Group voted in favour and the other groups opposed. The next phase of the formation is also accompanied by Hamer as an informator.
She came to her proposal yesterday because the formation is in an impasse. According to her, VVD, D66, CDA, PvdA, GroenLinks and ChristenUnie are willing to talk about a coalition, but by mutual blockages it is impossible to form a majority combination.
More complicated than normal
In the debate, Rutte called the political situation more complicated than usual; he referred to, among other things, the “complex electoral outcome”. Kaag thinks its “a good and necessary step” to write a document with Rutte, although she would have preferred that there could be real negotiations right now.
CDA leader Hoekstra said about the informators proposal: “This is one in the category just so it. This is somewhere in the middle of a surplace and the speed of the snail, and at the same time it is acceptable to many.”
PvdA leader Ploumen thinks Hamers proposal is a choice of weakness. She would prefer to start negotiations right now. “Where two left-wing parties are willing to start talks about a majority coalition, two right-wing parties dont want that,” she reiterated.
Groenlinks foreman Klaver also called it disappointing that negotiations cannot be negotiated yet. He wants a missionary cabinet with a broad support in the House of Representatives and the First Chamber. He too stressed that “PvdA and GroenLinks, despite everything that has happened, are willing to talk”.
Christenunion leader Segers believes that a step is taken in a very complicated process. But he too feels discomfort about the course of affairs. Segers reiterated that the Christian Union is not a commitment to participation in a cabinet. “Numerous and besides, were not wanted by everyone at the moment.” He said he will review Rutte and Kaags document on the content.
PVV leader Wilders criticizes the course of affairs. He said that the post-election period is passing with “beating and chatting in back rooms”, without any results. Wilders reiterated that the situation arose because Rutte “hit the wing lamb after lies and deception” and advocated for new elections.
SP leader Marijnissen doesnt find Hamers report clear on many points; she believes that there are many open doors in it and takes far too long for real negotiation.
Time factor also matters
Think leader Azarkan wonders what Rutte and Kaag should write down to get parties to the negotiating table. Rutte replied that in a formation the time factor is also important. “Given the situation, this is the most sensible step.”
Other parties also dislike the lack of speed or find Hamers plans so far little concrete.
Rutte and Kaag are working on their document in the coming weeks. The actual negotiations with more parties could begin in mid-August. The aim is to form a majority cabinet. Immediately after the Chambers debate, Hamer received the delegations of VVD and D66 for the first time in her new role. In addition to Rutte, the VVD also delegated MPs Harbers and Hermans. The D66 delegation consists of Kaag, Jetten and Van Weyenberg.
At the end of the afternoon, Rutte and Kaag talked about what theyre going to do in the coming weeks: