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New Dutch right-left cabinet's slogan is 'building bridges'

Monday 29 October 2012

rutte%20and%20samsom%20press%20conference Diederik Samsom and Mark Rutte during the presentation of the coalition agreement. Photo: WFA

The new cabinet's strategy is based on three pillars, prime minister Mark Rutte said at the presentation of the new cabinet agreement on Monday.

Rutte's right-wing VVD and the Labour party (PvdA) have reached a deal on forming a new coalition after 47 days of talks.

The pillars are making sure the government's finances are in order, sharing equally and working towards sustainable growth, Rutte said.


In total, the new cabinet will make €16bn worth of cuts to make sure the government's books balance, Rutte said. We are still spending more than we have, and economic growth is at a structurally low level as the population gets older, the prime minister said.

'We realise this package will hit everyone, but we also realise it is important to make our beautiful country stronger,' Rutte said.

'We are asking everyone to make sacrifices,' Labour leader Diederik Samsom said. 'This agreement is the result of give and take.'

Samsom also emphasised the importance of unions and employers in reaching the cabinet's goals in many areas.

'This programme will not wreck the economy but will generate jobs in the long term,' he said.

With the new ministerial line-up expected to be presented to the queen next week, this will have been the shortest coalition formation process since the 1980s, the Telegraaf says.

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Readers' comments (6)

I saw on NOS Journaal that they aren't going to eliminate dual nationality!!

So I'm a happy chappy! :)

By CW | October 29, 2012 4:31 PM

'We are asking everyone to make sacrifices'
Asking everyone? Who?

Give & take?
Give what & take what?

This is nothing more than typical dictating, and pretty weak & without any explanation: nobody is asking 'us', no democrazy in these words.

"This programme will not wreck the economy but will generate jobs in the long term."

Long term? - how long, 30 years? - 'and in the mean time?

This is typical of a Tony Blair speech, full of promises to make us feel good, but in reality, nothing!

If NL politicians were honestly trying to help the nation, I would be praising them & proud to let them do their job.

By The visitor | October 29, 2012 5:11 PM

Simple Samsom met a Rutte going to the fair;
Said Simple Samsom to the Rutte "Let me taste your ware"
Said the Rutte to Simple Samsom "Show me first your penny"
Said Simple Samsom to the Rutte "Sir, I have not any!"

By Terence Hale | October 29, 2012 6:10 PM

Ahh Terence, such talent, a poet in our midst :). You wrote Verse 1 on pillars one and two, could you add another verse on the third pillar (if you can figure out what it is).

By jaycee | October 29, 2012 7:24 PM

They aim at upper middle class:dr anything higher could change State form. UNI staff,bosses, managers. All those who brought money to NL now will give own back. From them there is something to take. Poverty already gave all.

By Wendy | October 30, 2012 8:11 AM

Building bridges! What with and Who'll be paying for them?

By Jack | October 30, 2012 4:15 PM

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