Segers – VVD and D66 must send formation document to the House of Representatives
VIDEOThe ChristenUnie is increasing the pressure in the formation process: the party wants the VVD and D66 to send the document that they have written together in recent weeks to the entire House of Representatives. At the same time, VVD leader Mark Rutte is doing everything he can to keep the ChristenUnie at the table.
Despite a crackling formation day in The Hague, yesterday Rutte does not want to say goodbye to the ChristenUnie as a possible coalition partner this morning. ,,Gert-Jan Segers is still in the basket, just like everyone else”, said Rutte after a visit to informateur Mariëtte Hamer.
Segers will be a guest at Hamer at 3 pm. According to his spokesperson, he will repeat what Segers also said last night: the piece that Rutte and D66 leader Sigrid Kaag have written together as the first step towards a coalition agreement should be shared with the entire House. Until now, Rutte and Kaag have kept the content of the piece to themselves: the parties that have been updated have only been presented with a summary.
Although the ChristenUnie still belongs to that select circle of invited guests, the party now sees no role for itself to participate in negotiations about a new cabinet. The party feels ‘undesirable’, because D66 does not want to rule again with the ChristenUnie. “It will stop once,” Segers said yesterday.
The big question is whether the VVD and CDA are now prepared to negotiate a coalition agreement with PvdA and GroenLinks. The two left-wing parties gave yesterday to be enthusiastic about the formation document to which VVD and D66 have written in recent weeks. “I see it as a basis for further discussions,” said PvdA leader Lilianne Ploumen. PvdA and GroenLinks stipulate that they join a new cabinet together: something that VVD and CDA have been horrified by for months.
Clash Kaag and Segers
Rutte and Hoekstra hope for a restart of the current coalition with VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie. But yesterday, the willingness to participate with ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers turned out to be quite tempered. “If you are still unwanted as a party after five months, then it will stop,” he said after Kaag told the ChristenUnie. had rejected again.
The clash between Kaag and Segers led to heated conversations with the informateur. Late last night, Kaag did not close the door completely, according to her there were also ‘nice similarities’ with the ChristenUnie. And Rutte answered this morning if he had said goodbye to Segers: ,,He is still in the basket, just like everyone else.”
That only makes the task more difficult for informateur Hamer. Should the trio of VVD, D66 and CDA now first negotiate with the two left-wing parties? Or should Kaag go through the dust and still opt for a round of negotiations with the ChristenUnie? Or will it end in a minority government, or maybe even new elections?
At 3 p.m. Segers is again invited to Hamer. He will then talk to Kaag, D66 faction leader Rob Jetten and VVD deputy Sophie Hermans. Rutte will not be there, because he is debating the corona crisis with the House of Representatives. The VVD leader did say that he expects white smoke this week. “Obviously, this phase is intended to be concluded with advice on which parties will negotiate a cabinet. That will have to happen in the coming days.”
A lot happened yesterday”, said CDA leader Hoekstra this morning before entering the Stadhouderskamer for a new discussion at the formation table. “We are now going to discuss that further.” Afterwards, he did not want to say whether – and if so, with whom – he wants to form a new cabinet. “We are in talks with various parties.”