ChristenUnion leader Segers accidentally left a VVD and CDA formation piece on the train. The Volkskrant, who got his hands on the secret piece, said this morning that it was a sort of “test of a coalition agreement”, but sources around the formation say it does not play any role in the coalition negotiations.
De Volkskrant wrote to have received the piece because “a person involved in the formation” recently left it on the train. This morning Segers confessed that he was the person involved. “The stupidest thing that can happen to you,” he wrote on Twitter.
Before the coalition negotiations at the Logement, he added that he left the piece on the train three weeks ago and that when he noticed that he “rammed his head on his desk” a few times. “You all hope that there is an observant cleaner who will take it with you, but someone else delivered it to de Volkskrant.”
The play was reportedly written by VVD MP Harbers and CDA MP Geurts. They call for substantial measures to combat housing distress, an ambitious climate policy and a billion-dollar farmers buy-out fund. It also provides free childcare for “most people”, basic disability insurance for all self-employed workers and the admission of more migrants. The two parties explicitly took D66 into account as a negotiating partner.
That Segers got their hands on the play was “for your information,” he said. According to him, it has no status in the negotiations on a new cabinet. Thats what VVD leader Rutte said this morning. “This is always very annoying,” he said. “But theres always a lot of pieces going around the formation, so that doesnt say anything.”
Informer Remkes also says that the relevance of the play “honestly eludes him a little”. He points out that it dates back to the period when the formation was stuck in wall. Remkes, who was still working alone at the time, was commissioned to investigate a minority cabinet of VVD, D66 and CDA or two of these parties.
“This is the result of two groups that have been snooping together.” With four parties at the table, the situation is “blank” as far as he is concerned. “It doesnt affect the process.”