A new twist in Dutch government negotiations
The parliamentary elections in the Netherlands in which Geert Wilders’s Freedom party (PVV) almost tripled its number of seats and shook the Dutch political system took place almost two months ago, yet a government still has not been formed. Such is the cost of the multi-party proportional system: endless negotiations are needed to reach some agreement among some subset of the parties sufficient to create a government. I think it’s better to have a system like ours, in which there is a clear winner and clear loser.
Now a new stage in the negotiations has been reached, as reported by the English language Dutch News service. The emerging idea is that the two parties with the most seats, the VVD and the CDA (Christian Democrats), would join in a minority government that does not include the Freedom Party, but has the support of the Freedom Party in parliament:
This will allow the CDA to get round objections to ruling with the anti-Islam party, frees Wilders from the responsibility of having to find ministers and gives him free reign to continue his anti-Islam campaign, the paper says.Nice little editorial note there! Still, this would probably be the best outcome from Wilders’s point of view. He would not have to be part of the government, and so could continue his international anti-Islam work, yet the government would still have to conduct itself in such as a way as to maintain his support.
The three party leaders—Mark Rutte, Maxime Verhagen and Geert Wilders—will discuss this week’s talks with MPs in three separate meetings at 1400 hours today.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 30, 2010 09:09 AM | Send