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The right-wing VVD were the big winners of coalition formation

Wednesday 16 January 2013

The right-wing Liberal VVD emerged from the cabinet formation process more strongly than the Labour party (PvdA), according to an analysis of the new government’s plans.

Researchers from the government’s macro-economic forecasting bureau CPB say 77% of the VVD’s election manifesto plans were incorporated into the coalition agreement, compared with 41% of Labour’s.

The analysis focuses on policies which cost or save money and does not include proposals such as the amnesty for young asylum seekers, which does not have a cash value.


The results show the common perception that the VVD made too many concessions to Labour round the negotiating table is not born out by the facts. Nevertheless, VVD leader Mark Rutte was heavily criticised for agreeing to restrictions on mortgage tax relief and for promising an extra €1,000 a year for everyone in work.

One third of the measures agreed in the coalition deal were included in both VVD and PvdA manifestos. A further 8% did not appear in either party’s pre-election plans.

A commitment to increase subsidies for sustainable energy by €400m came from the ChristenUnie, as did a €200m extra tax levy on alcohol and tobacco products.

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Readers' comments (5)

Ivo Opstelten should legalize regulate and tax cannabis. Washington State will get 25% of the gross. IMHO the good minister could harvest south of that to 50% wholesale plus skim the normal VAT off at retail.

By Puck | January 16, 2013 12:46 PM

And the citizens of NL were the losers.

By Roger Geit | January 16, 2013 1:58 PM

Although he is right wing, he has no clue in fixing the economy. Perhaps due to his HR training, he is good in fixing people - by cutting beneifts and increasing tax all the time resulting in more unemployment.

By ufo | January 16, 2013 2:43 PM

And this after a majority of the population voted tactically and expressly LEFT, casting more votes for the three left-of-center parties (GL, PvdA and SP) than for the two right-of-center parties (PVV and VVD); of the centrist parties (D66, CU and CDA), there was a clear lean leftward as well. But as usual, the PvdA sells the left out, wimps out and we get a VVD agenda, of cutbacks and austerity, NEITHER OF WHICH WORK!!! And they know it.....

By JPH | January 16, 2013 4:30 PM

There are at present no winners or losers, just morons that believe their party is the solution to all the problems.

(Politicians? Poly meaning more than one, tics meaning parasites, I said enough?)

By The visitor | January 17, 2013 10:51 PM

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