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What now? editorials speculate about the next coalition moves

Saturday 04 September 2010

The collapse of talks on a right wing government dominate Saturday's newspapers, with much analysis of what went wrong, and what will happen next.

'All for nothing' is the headline in the Volkskrant, next to a large photograph of a serious-faced Maxime Verhagen. After endless 'talking, investing and smelting', the formation has failed.

Everyone now expects Labour to become part of the coalition, the paper says in an analysis of the failure, pointing out Wilders referred to himself three times as preparing for 'my role as leader of the biggest opposition party'.

Labour won 30 seats in the June general election, the PVV took 24.


It was a simple sum to do, the paper said. The right wing coalition would have controlled just 76 of the 150 seats in parliament so continuing with the talks had become too big a risk.

Wilders had been forced to make a lot of concessions during the formation talks so far, and if any of the three dissident CDA MPs defected, the coalition would collapse anyway. That was the reason he demanded a cast-iron guarantee the three would support the coalition agreement, no matter what.

In its editorial, Trouw says the idea of a minority cabinet with Wilders' support was an unsavoury one. 'Wilders would have then been able to enjoy the influence without having to carry any of the responsibility for government,' the paper says.


But now the formation has now taken so long, it is time for unconventional options, it continues. And allowing Mark Rutte to draw up a coalition accord and then look for support from other parties could be the way forward.

But if that fails as well, then it could be time to find a cabinet with much looser ties to parliament. The cabinet negotiator could look for his own people to form a cabinet in which party colours are irrelevant and draw up his own coalition agreement.

The Telegraaf's front page headline states simply 'Rutte demands the main role', pointing to the VVD leader's stated wish to take over the formation process. On page three the paper says that 'the left is celebrating its new chance'.

Hard ball

And in it's editorial the paper says the failure of the talks can be placed at the door of two parties. The CDA does not have its own house in order and it is bizarre that after weeks of talks, a number of MPs suddenly announce they are against an agreement with the PVV.

And PVV leader Wilders has played very hard ball, the Telegraaf continues. His demand that the dissident MPs gave a written guarantee they would agree to the coalition accord, whatever it contained, was very tough and possibly legally untenable. 'He took a risk and will now end up in opposition. The future will show if his demand was sensible or not.'

A combination of the VVD, CDA and Labour is now the likely next option, the paper says. And that means all the parties will have to let go of some things contained in their election manifestos. After all, that is part of the political game.

It will be particularly tough for Labour, but the party can no longer walk away from its responsibilities, the editorial concludes.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Why not have new elections?

By SandraV | 4 September 2010 9:27 AM

New general election is not a bad idea. If Wilders reach more than its current 14 %, should be compulsory to save our way of life, a broad alliance to make stronger laws, able to protect our democracy, and Dutch values, banning non democratic parties or ones which trying to bring us Nazis practices (ethnic registration). Laws like France, Germany, Spain, UK, Sweden and Finland have. After that, new general election.
End of Wilders history. End of damaging our international image. End of menace for our democracy, coexistence and citizenship liberties. End of conflicts 'tailor made' designed from nobody knows where, and funded by nobody knows who. End of nightmare for our country.

By zenplus | 4 September 2010 11:51 AM

Because they cost tax payers money. As an expat with no chance of voting (but with the same duties of Dutch citizens, such as paying taxes..) for general elections I really expect they try harder before giving up and calling new elections.

By max | 4 September 2010 6:42 PM

SandraV, there is no guarantee whatsoever that new elections would produce a better outcome - indeed current polls suggest Wilders would be best placed to win. This is probably the single most difficult coalition formation since WWII, but eventually the parties will be forced into compromise.

By CTerry | 5 September 2010 4:30 PM

Ill vote for that Sanda....during the mean time toss each of these out and have the people decide who they want in there. Make it a true democracy.. like some of the other civiulized worlds.

By howard de barfield | 5 September 2010 4:30 PM

Well I am sure wityhin 6 monthes we'll see Geert Wilders rise to 30+ seats in parliament. No doubt they will form whatever governement they can, just to try and prevent that. It will be anything but a sleepy bunch here in Holland.

By Mario the Pizzaman | 5 September 2010 7:57 PM

At last , I as one who wrote a comment earlier,seemed right that a new election
should be called as the talk on forming a new coalition government failed.For this,I would say that only Gert Wilders and his party are more trustworthy and transparent whereby they have got the wish
to have a better saftier Neatheland.

By ericrufinisiah | 6 September 2010 5:57 AM

As Stalin once said— given the nature of men and governments, honest diplomacy may be impossible.

By sandraV | 6 September 2010 11:17 AM

Zenplus: As long as you have politicians
Pushing for privatisation, chipping away at your benefits and putting new graduates into huge debt, you will not have saved your country.

By Gary | 6 September 2010 5:53 PM

Those of you who agreed with me, thanks. I also agree with some of what you are writing on here. If we end up having elections again, Wilders will probably get double the votes. Wilders for Prime Minister!

By SandraV | 6 September 2010 6:30 PM

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