Business sector looks forward to ‘realistic and stable’ new cabinet

The business sector is pleased the right-wing Liberal VVD won the election and thinks a cabinet combining the VVD and the social democratic PvdA will be ‘peaceful, realistic and stable’.

Unlike much of the general population, which would prefer the left-wing Liberal D66 or the Christian Democrats to be included in a new cabinet, the business sector thinks just two parties will work better, according to a survey of entrepreneurs by the Financieele Dagblad and researchers TNS Nipo.
The respondents’ first demand is for a new cabinet to do something about unemployment, followed by moves to restore spending power. Reforming the housing market is also a top priority, says the FD.
In order to get the economy moving, entrepreneurs want less red tape, lower taxes and state benefits, more flexible dismissal rules and a falling budget deficit.
Clarity and confidence
According to the survey, 75% of respondents are pleased with the election result, mainly because they are counting on the quick formation of a cabinet that will provide clarity and confidence.
Around 66% think a VVD-PvdA cabinet will be formed by the end of November. Well over 50% thinks this cabinet will survive the full four years before the next election.
VVD and PvdA won a majority of the seats in parliament in the September election. The two parties are entering their third week of negotiations to form the new government.
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