Four-Party Talks to Form Dutch Government Collapse

Negotiations to form a coalition government with the Green party break down. What happens next?

Dutch political party leaders meet in The Hague to discuss the formation of a new government, May 16
Dutch political party leaders meet in The Hague to discuss the formation of a new government, May 16 (Tweede Kamer)
  • Four-party talks in the Netherlands to form a coalition government have collapsed.
  • Edith Schippers, the outgoing health minister who led the negotiations, told reporters immigration was the most divisive issue.
  • She added that the parties also struggled to find common ground on climate and income policy.
  • The liberal party of caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte had been negotiating with the Christian Democrats, liberal Democrats and Greens since the election in March.
  • The obvious next step is to swap the Greens for the Christian Union.

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