D66 rules out coalition with Wilders’ PVV

D66 leader Alexander Pechtold rules out any involvement in a coalition government involving his party and Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration PVV after the next elections, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.

Wilders is a ‘xenophobe and an extremist’ who is ‘causing a rift in society’, the leader of the Liberal democratic party told the paper. ‘It would be a disaster for the country if that is where people think the solution lies’, he said.
Pechtold said he felt ‘called upon to say where I stand’ in a reaction to a comment made by right-wing Liberal party leader Mark Rutte last Sunday. The VVD leader said he did not rule out a cabinet in which both VVD and PVV would take part. The CDA has also not ruled out a coalition with Wilders.
Presently, the polls are predicting 17 seats for D66 and 32 for the PVV.

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