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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