Initial talks on forming a new government in the Netherlands are going to take longer than planned and it is likely to be December 11 before verkenner, or scout, Ronald Plasterk can deliver his initial report.
The report, based on talks with 14 of the parties that won seats in last week’s general election, should have been delivered on December 5.
Plasterk told reporters on Friday he had “a good week, full of interesting conversations”, but that he wanted a second round of talks with party leaders to discuss his initial findings.
Although a majority right-wing cabinet involving the PVV, VVD, NSC and BBB would be an obvious choice, divisions between the parties have already emerged.
VVD leader Dilan Yesigöz has said her party is prepared to prop up a right-leaning cabinet but not take part in it. And NSC’s Pieter Omtzigt said he is not ready to talk about joining forces with the PVV because some of its policies would conflict with the constitution.
PVV leader Geert Wilders, in turn, accused Omtzigt on social media of playing “political games”.
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