New Dutch right-left cabinet’s slogan is ‘building bridges’

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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