Socialists debut in regional government

Three out of 12 provinces now have a ruling coalition and the Socialist Party is included in one – for the first time in the party’s history.

In Noord-Brabant, the right-wing Liberals, Christian Democrats and SP have formed a coalition. The anti-Islam PVV, which won eight seats in the recent election like the SP, will not be part of the coalition because it is too inexperienced, local VVD chiefs said.
In Utrecht, the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks have formed a coalition and in Groningen, Labour (PvdA), VVD, D66 en GroenLinks.

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