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Political crisis: we all have to work together, says prime minister

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Rutte%20on%20his%20way%20to%20parliament.jpg Prime minister Mark Rutte and CDA acting leader Maxime Verhagen on their way to Tuesday afternoon's debate. Photo WFA

Prime minister Mark Rutte made an appeal to parliament on Tuesday to work together to help the Netherlands through the economic crisis, ahead of the general election.

'The economy is faltering, employment is under pressure and the national debt is growing faster than we can credit,' Rutte said. 'These are the facts.'

It is now up to parliament and to the general public to decide what happens next, Rutte said. 'I hope the parties in this room will do what is necessary to help the Netherlands through these difficult economic times.


Finance minister Jan Kees de Jager is quoted as saying by the Financial Times that he would meet the European Commission deadline of April 30 to explain how the Netherlands will reduce its budget deficit to below 3% next year.

The government alliance collapsed at the weekend after Geert Wilders' dropped his support for plans to cut €14bn off government spending.

But it is still unclear which if any of the plans agreed during the seven weeks of talks are likely to be approved by MPs before the general election takes place. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said during Tuesday's meeting he wants a debate on the government's finances on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, it now seems likely the election will be held in September after all - possibly as early as September 5. Labour leader Diekerick Samsom says the change of heart is a gesture to a number of smaller parties who say they will not be ready to fight a June general election.

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Readers' comments (8)

"Labour leader Diekerick Samsom says the change of heart is a gesture to a number of smaller parties ..." ? REALLY ? The smaller parties have been waiting for this collapse and are ready to have elections ASAP ! It is the larger parties who are forever gaming the political process that want the elections delayed until SEPT in order that the voting population will not feel the same way then as they do in the current moment.

By BizarroNL | April 24, 2012 3:47 PM

The first step to solve a problem is being able to define it. Schools of Economy all over the world teach that without GDP growth, there's no possible budget deficit reduction. Because growth, is the source for state incomes. As well as they teach first magnitude which must be reinforced to get out recession is domestic consumption. There's no any exception in history of economy. The measures from duet Rutte-Wilders have strangled our growth, and that is the root of our problem with budget deficit.

By zenplus | April 24, 2012 4:02 PM

What Rutte really means lets all work together so i dont have to take the blame.

By jason buttle | April 24, 2012 4:15 PM


Yes, we all have to work together..and the three leaders(?)have just demonstrated how it's possible, here is their example of working together:

In short, caused strike actions galore, ruined public trust & spending, interfered with housing markets, wasted billions of our taxes, insulted immigrants , damaged our healthcare, threatened dual nationals, used coffee shops to discriminate against other nationalities, made us internationally unpopular, used religion to halt progress in some services, made unfair cuts, made 1,000's jobless, sucked up to the EU & then broke EUuww law, prey upon the weak, sick & elderly, working together? - ha!
Their motto should be "The strong shall survive and the weak will perish."

By The visitor | April 25, 2012 3:58 AM

I think this current situation warrants a reflection on what kind of party PVV is and how much responsibility it's leader Geert Wilders actually takes. Dutch voters would be wise to look at all issues before they chose a party to represent them, not merely a single issue. We have the exact same situation in my country Sweden and I feel ashamed that people are not more mature to realize that our representatives need to care about all topics and areas. When a single issue party is formed it will only engage in dialog when it suits them and this is not how a proper democracy should work. Leaders need to work out agreements and compromises that reflects their electorate.

By Andreas | April 25, 2012 5:33 AM

Tell that to the grandstanding Wilders!Now he has time to do his book tour/signing in the States since his version of "Mein Kampf" will be released on May 1 there.

By M | April 25, 2012 7:56 AM

Heh, nice one Jason. Spot on.

By Stupid | April 25, 2012 11:11 AM

@Andreas- Your ideas sound good except no other party will take on the single issue you refer too. I say a proper democracy can't work with political correctness.

By Phil | April 25, 2012 4:49 PM

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