Dutch coalition talks deadlocked 5 months after election

Dutch coalition talks deadlocked 5 months after election
The Netherlands appears to be heading toward talks to form a minority coalition after efforts to piece together a Cabinet made up of five parties from across the political spectrum broke down Tuesday

The Netherlands appeared to be heading toward talks to form a minority coalition after efforts to piece together a 戸棚 made up of five parties from across the political spectrum broke down Tuesday.

More than five months after a general election left the オランダの political landscape fragmented, two key parties said they do not want to form a new government with a pair of leftist parties.

The decision by caretaker Prime Minister マーク・ルッテ s conservative People’s Party for Freedom and 民主主義 — known by its Dutch acronym VVD — and the CDA Christian Democrats came after months of talks between party leaders and an official who is attempting to cobble together the coalition.

Jesse Klaver, leader of the Green Left party, said Rutte’s refusal to talk “did not fit in the Dutch tradition” of multi-party coalition negotiations.

“Democracy is the loser today," 彼は言った.

Klaver’s Greens had agreed to form a bloc in a new Cabinet with the Labor Party, but Rutte rejected the idea, apparently fearing that a Cabinet made up of five parties would lead to an unstable government.

“It’s a great shame,” said Labor leader Lilianne Ploumen. “I would have really liked to negotiate with the VVD and CDA about, 例えば, raising the minimum wage.”

Rutte, who has led a caretaker administration with limited powers since the March 17 選挙, said he would reach out to the left-leaning parties on issues such as climate change, emissions and education, “butnot in a five-party Cabinet.”

Rutte has served three terms as Dutch prime minister and could become the country’s longest-serving leader if he leads the next government.

Sigrid Kaag, leader of the centrist D66 party that emerged as the second largest party following the election, said it is now up to Rutte “to find a way out of this deadlock.”

Talks to form the next Dutch government are expected to continue for weeks.

Anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders didn’t want to wait for more negotiations and tweeted a call for a new election.

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