Weekend in Goois forest must provide VVD, CDA and D66 way out of deep formation deadlock

Informer Remkes spent exactly 24 hours with his moving session to pull the cabinet formation out of the slop, far away from the turbulent Hague practice last week, he hopes for a breakthrough half a year after the formation started.

Today at noon, VVD leader Rutte, D66 leader Kaag, CDA leader Hoekstra and their secondants arrive at the estate De Zwaluwenberg, just below Hilversum, to talk about a minority cabinet. The invitation sent around is scheduled for the end of the meeting on Sunday at approximately noon.


special press box was created for journalists upon arrival. The questions can already be predicted: is there any confidence to talk about a minority cabinet in a villa after the events of this week? Can the protagonists go through one door?


Mutual trust has been very fragile in the past few months in information talks. How badly political protagonists in The Hague keep each other informed about important decisions was revealed last week when the CDA was totally surprised by the resignation of D66 Minister Kaag of Foreign Affairs. A day later, CDA Minister Bijleveld of Defence followed.

The impossible will therefore have to be made possible for informer Remkes and the three parties. Remkes said at announcing the planned weekend that he wants to look for content โ€œcementโ€ to move forward.


VVD leader Rutte also said yesterday that there should be a new cabinet soon. At noon on Sunday it will be clear whether Remkes mission to make a breakthrough has succeeded. The 2007 and 2017 formations also used The Zwaluwenberg, both times successfully.