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Below you find the last seven Political Quirks entries.

Formation fail

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Formation

Just in: the negotiations between VVD, CDA, D66, and GL have failed. I assume that means that CU will be swapped in for GL. The question is who’s going to get the blame.

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Small fry 9/4

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Baudet, Formation, PVV, PvdA

The formation discussions are continuing slowly. Nobody expects to have anything to say for the next few weeks, and at the request of Klaver (GL) Fridays are non-negotiation days so he can spend time with his small children. I’m not sure how much the other parties like this, but they have agreed to it. Everybody is in let’s-take-this-easy mode.

Meanwhile, some snippets that might be of interest:

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Small fry; European edition

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Baudet, Europe, Formation, GL, SP

Since Dutch politics are boring and predictable right now, let’s also take a look at some other occurrences.

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Article: The Times of Trouble

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Articles

After a break of nearly seven years I published the sixth article in my series on Dutch political history: The times of trouble about the changes in the Dutch political landscape from 1967 to 1977.

In the end it took me about two hours to perform the final edits on the draft article that has been patiently waiting for many years. The next two articles, The three-party system (1977-1994) and The reasonable revolution (1994-2002) are also ready in a similar draft form, but after that I will have to write new material for which I only have snippets available.

So let’s say I’ll bring the story up to 2002 reasonably quickly. I don’t know what will happen after that, though. Writing these articles takes a lot of time.

Small fry 24/3

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DENK, Election results, Formation, FvD, Van der Staaij, Wilders

A wrap-up of this week. None of these points are terribly important, but they show that Dutch politics are returning to their stable, somewhat boring, default status after the highs of internationally-covered elections.

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Formation news

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CDA, CU, D66, Formation, GL, VVD

There’s not a great deal of news about the formation. Scout Schippers, who will likely be bumped up to informer soon, will talk with VVD, CDA, D66, and GL tomorrow. She also asked parliament for more time, which she’ll likely get.

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Start of the formation

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CDA, CU, D66, Formation, GL, VVD

Today the government formation officially started. “Scout” Edith Schippers (VVD) talked to all thirteen party leaders in order to find out which coalitions they deemed most logical after the elections. Their replies are being shared openly, and give a first indication as to what’s going to happen.

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