Van der Staaij against informateur: view coalition with current government factions
SGP leader Van der Staaij believes that a coalition of VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie should be reconsidered. He “spontaneously” submitted that suggestion to informateur Hamer this morning. He pointed out that diplomats abroad say it is strange that the current ruling coalition has won seats in the elections, while a complicated and lengthy “mating dance” is being performed in the meantime.
Van der Staaij was with the informateur this morning, because his group supported the motion more than three weeks ago in which the assignment of the informateur was formulated. The same applied to Volt leader Dassen, who also visited the Stadhouderskamer to be informed about the progress of the formation process.
Dassen said afterwards that he did see progress, but that he also still hopes that there will be haste. “I think there are enough parties who want to continue talking and they need to get around the table quickly.” His own party has no ambition whatsoever to be part of a government, but does want to conduct “constructive opposition”. That is, he “definitely wants to support ideas that are sustainable, progressive and European”.
In addition to Dassen and Van der Staaij, Hamer spoke this morning with VVD leader Rutte. He said that today’s conversation was not about who wants to train with whom, but mainly about the time after the corona crisis. A number of subjects are in a hurry, he says, and will have to be settled in the budget for next year.
As far as he is concerned, this is about getting the business community going again and about a more flexible capacity in healthcare, so that in a new health crisis, for example, it is possible to scale up quickly in the ICUs.
“I think everyone agrees that it is very important to provide a solid foundation for the entire 2022 budget and to prevent the current cabinet from thinking: we must come up with a policy-poor budget alone,” said the outgoing prime minister.
Rutte would also prefer to make agreements about nitrogen policy in the Budget Day budget, because otherwise the construction of homes and the construction of infrastructure would be “further delayed”. SGP leader Van der Staaij said after his conversation with Hamer that he did not think that was a good idea. He said he thinks nitrogen is a longer-term issue to be settled by a missionary cabinet.
On Monday and Tuesday, Hamer had joint talks with Rutte, D66 leader Kaag and CDA leader Hoekstra. Those parties are expected to become part of the new governing coalition in every part. With 73 seats in the House of Representatives, they do not yet have a majority. Thus, at least one other partner is sought.
The quest is complex. VVD and CDA do not want to work with the PvdA and GroenLinks and the two left-wing parties do not want to do without each other. D66 does not like the ChristenUnie and that party is holding off for the time being.
Tomorrow the informant will receive several couples, who do not like each other for the time being. She speaks with Hoekstra (CDA) and Klaver (GroenLinks), with Kaag (D66) and Segers (ChristenUnie) and with Rutte (VVD) and Ploumen (PvdA). Then she talks with the chairman of the group Den Haan of the Den Haan faction. She also supported the motion with the assignment to Hamer.