PVV leader Geert Wilders, who hopes to become part of the next coalition, has dropped his party’s opposition to an increase in the retirement age.
‘It is a very important point but not a reason to wreck a [potential] cabinet,’ the leader of the anti-Islam party told reporters.
And he repeated earlier statements that the PVV, which wants a ban on non-western immigration, is ready to join a government. A right-wing coalition comprising the PVV, VVD and CDA was an option and that ‘is really good news’, Wilders said. ‘We want to work together and make compromises.’
The Liberals and CDA both want to increase the pension age from 65 to 67 over the next few years and Wilders refusal would have made a right-leaning coalition impossible.
Initial reaction to the u-turn on the Telegraaf website was mixed. Many voters said Wilders had no choice but to compromise on the state pension, but others accused him of lying and betraying his supporters.
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