Rudderless Netherlands? Interim government in crisis, new coalition not in sight

BART MAAT

Lodewijk Asscher of the PVDA reacts during election night in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 15 March 2017.

Rudderless Netherlands? Interim government in crisis, new coalition not in sight


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While negotiations for the formation of a Dutch government continue unsuccessfully since March, the interim government is now also in crisis.

According to the Volkskrant daily, the party of the liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte and its junior coalition partner PvdA (Labour) have fundamental disagreements on the 2018 budget, which may lead to the governments collapse.

Labour’s acting social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher demands that primary school teachers get a pay rise, already has a €500mn deficit. The Minister of Education Sander Dekker (VVD) has made clear that any discussion about a pay rise will need to be postponed until after coalition talks have been completed.

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