Dutch coalition talks fail over immigration policy

  • Liis Einstein
  • 23.5.2017 15:50

Dutch coalition talks between Prime Minister Mark Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and three other parties collapsed on Monday 15 May. According to VVD informateur Edith Schippers the parties were unable to agree on immigration policy.

On 15 March Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s conservative VVD party won the elections with 33 seats as anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party (PVV) came in second with 20 seats. The talks also included D66 and the Socialists Party. The fragmented result of the elections makes the coalition talks difficult requiring at least four parties to form a majority. Geert Wilders has criticised VVD leader Mark Rutte for being willing to join forces with the Socialists Party. Wilders says the Freedom Party is the only one supporting the VVD for a tougher immigration policy. All the main parties ruled out forming a coalition with the PVV before elections. Edith Schippers have introduced a period of reflection for parties to discuss their views. The breakdown of talks is to set back the formation of a government by months.

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