No coalition breakthrough on Wednesday, negotiators say

A smiling Dilan Yesilgöz arrives for the Wednesday talks. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP

No breakthrough should be expected in the coalition formation talks between the PVV, VVD, NSC and BBB on Wednesday, the negotiation leaders said at the end of Tuesday’s discussions.

“No definitive agreement has been reached on any of the 12 big issues,” Richard van Zwol, one of two men steering the talks told reporters, adding that more time is needed on all of them.

The deadline for reaching an agreement is just eight days away and “we will have to use a full stop that day at 23.55,” he said. The talks are “very complicated” and tension is increasing the closer the deadline comes, Van Zwol said.

The talks lasted for 10 hours on both Monday and Tuesday and little concrete has emerged about the most recent progress. On Monday, PVV parliamentarian Gidi Markuszower was photographed with a document under his arm, which appears to show some of the main points that have been agreed on.

The A4 page lists 37 points, including tax cuts from 2025 and the “toughest entry regime for asylum seekers… ever.” It also mentions a positive future for farming and fishing, as well as food security.

All four party leaders have agreed that they will remain in the lower house of parliament and as yet, little is known about who is likely to be a minister or who will get the role of prime minister, if a deal is reached ahead of the deadline.

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