Political Quirks - Formation

Posts in the Formation category.

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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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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Purple-plus becomes “necessary”

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D66, Formation, GL, PvdA, VVD

Well, it seems VVD leader Rutte is no longer rejecting the Purple-Plus VVD+PvdA+D66+GL coalition. Commentators expect the next few days of Tjeenk Willink’s informership to be spent on exploring this possibility further.

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Formation status

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Formation

My apologies for not posting more; I’m busy busy. The politicians are busy busy, too, rejecting coalitions faster than the eye can follow.

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No right-wing government

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CDA, Formation, PVV, VVD

Informer Rosenthal has announced that he sees no possibility of getting a right-wing government. The CDA wants VVD and PVV to reach an agreement first, while the PVV demands that all three parties participate in the negotiations.

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Whose fault will it be?

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CDA, Formation, PVV, VVD

The negotiations for a right-wing VVD+PVV+CDA government have hardly gone on for a few days, and the participants are already positioning themselves to blame someone else if they fail. Right now Wilders is in a better position in the blame game, and that could be dangerous.

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Step 1: right-wing

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CDA, Formation, PVV, VVD

Well, it seems there will be negotiations for a right-wing coalition. As regular readers know I applaud this: let Wilders show how much (or little) interested in governing he is.

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The coalition problem

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Formation, Wilders

Political custom dictates that just after the elections all party leaders deplore the fact that the forming of a stable coalition is so very very difficult. Usually that means that they can’t (easily) form the coalition of their choice, but in general they are able to find a reasonable option within two to three weeks (although the formal negotiations take longer).

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