Schippers warns party leaders that a minority cabinet looms

Schippers warns party leaders that a minority cabinet looms

Coalition negotiator Edith Schippers told reporters on Thursday she had warned party leaders that the Netherlands may end up with a minority cabinet if none of them are prepared to move forward in the negotiations to form a new administration. This makes it crucial for the parties to take a step forward, Schippers said, adding that ‘it will not be simple, but it is necessary’. Without movement, the Netherlands may have a minority cabinet 'and that is not what anyone wants,' Schippers said. She will meet the leaders of all the parties represented in parliament again on Friday and has called on them all to ‘leave your comfort zone’ Talks on two different coalition combinations have failed so far. The Netherlands has had a caretaker government since the general election on March 15. The most likely minority cabinet would be a combination of the VVD, Christian Democrats and D66. 'This appeal from Schippers on a public holiday shows that the talks really are deadlocked,' RTL news political correspondent Frits Wester said. 'But a minority cabinet would not be a disaster for the country. It might even work well given the enormous divisions in parliament.'  More >



Beach bar setting for new formation talks

All at sea? Rutte and Pechtold discuss the formation problems at a beach bar VVD leader Mark Rutte and D66’s Alexander Pechtold met for informal talks at a beach bar near The Hague on Wednesday to discuss the deadlock in the cabinet formation talks. Rutte skipped out of the regular cabinet meeting to meet Pechtold in private, after D66 was blamed for rejecting Christian party ChristenUnie. 'They were very nice. It all seemed very good humoured,' Marco Seitz, owner of Schevening beach bar Werelds told RTL news. On Tuesday D66 and ChristenUnie said they would not work together to form a new government together with the CDA and VVD, leaving chief negotiator Edith Schippers without a majority government option. Schippers said earlier on Wednesday that she would not finalise her report on her latest attempt to build a working coalition but has asked party leaders to be available on Friday for further talks.   More >


Dutch coalition talks reach stalemate

Schippers warns party leaders that a minority cabinet looms Cabinet negotiator Edith Schippers has to go back to the drawing board in her efforts to form a stable coalition government after a second effort failed to win enough support. And the relationship between the three main parties in the ongoing coalition negotiations – the VVD, CDA and D66 – has worsened now D66 has refused to bring small Christian party ChristenUnie into the negotiations, commentators said on Wednesday. ‘The motor has ground to a halt,’ NOS correspondent Joost Vulllings said. It is extremely unclear how the negotiations can be restarted he said. ‘They are angry with each other.’ Prime minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte said on Tuesday evening that he wanted to involve the four parties in talks to discuss the impasse after D66 leader Alexander Pechtold and ChristenUnie’s Gert-Jan Segers said they would not be working together. The CDA and VVD need to be briefed on what caused the break, he said. Sources in The Hague say Pechtold had a list of demands which Segers could not agree too. Option Schippers said earlier this week that a combination of the four parties was the only remaining option for a majority cabinet. The Volkskrant said in an editorial that Pechtold is making the most of his position because he knows Rutte cannot form a government without D66. The key is, will it be a centre-right or a centre-left administration, the paper said. RTL news correspondent Frits Wester said the other three parties are blaming D66 for the current impasse. ‘The formation process is totally stuck,’ Wester said. ‘Sources say this is due to a lack of willingness and the VVD, CDA and ChristenUnie are pointing at Alexander Pechtold.’  More >


Christenunie, D66 won't work together

Schippers warns party leaders that a minority cabinet looms Liberal democratic party D66 and the minor Christian party ChristenUnie have decided they cannot work together in a coalition government. Party leaders Alexander Pechtold and Gert-Jan Segers met chief negotiator Edith Schippers on Tuesday afternoon but decided after hours of talks not to press ahead with formal negotiations together with the VVD and Christian Democrats. ‘It is not about personal positions,’ ChristenUnie chief Segers said. ‘But we have looked at we have in common on balance. Then we looked at each other and said ‘there is no point in this’.’ ‘We’ve taken time to look at it but we have not made a breakthrough,’ D66 leader Pechtold said. Pechtold had said several times that he could not imagine being in a coalition with ChristenUnie because of the two parties’ differing positions on ethical subjects. The legalization of soft drugs and family income policy were other crucial issues. Majority cabinet Schippers told reporters on Monday afternoon that a combination of the four parties is the only option for a majority cabinet. With both the Socialists and the Labour party ruling themselves out of the talks, there is no other option open, Schippers said. The Netherlands has been without a government since the March 15 general election. Talks with the VVD, CDA, D66 and left-wing greens GroenLinks collapsed a week ago. Schippers is expected to report back to parliament as soon as possible about the results of the second round of talks and what should happen next.  More >


D66: ChristenUnie may join coalition talks

Schippers warns party leaders that a minority cabinet looms The Liberal democratic party D66 and Christian group ChristenUnie have agreed to meet cabinet negotiator Edith Schippers again to decide if they can potentially work together in government alongside the VVD and CDA. MPs from both parties agreed to clear the way to further talks at meetings on Tuesday morning. Schippers told reporters on Monday afternoon that a combination of the four parties is the only option for a majority cabinet. With both the Socialists and the Labour party ruling themselves out of the talks, there is no other option open, Schippers said. The Netherlands has been without a government since the March 15 general election. Talks with the VVD, CDA, D66 and left-wing greens GroenLinks collapsed a week ago. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold has said he sees no point in an alliance with ChristenUnie because the two parties have widely differing views on ethical questions.  More >