Brexit and a reinvigorated Franco-German partnership have caused the Dutch to seek a new role for themselves in Europe.
For years, the trading nation could rely on the United Kingdom to provide a counterweight to the Mediterranean bloc and its protectionist tendencies. Now the fear in The Hague is that Britain’s exit from the EU will lead to a renewed focus on political, as opposed to economic, integration. Read more
Dutch Liberal, Christian Parties Start Talks to Form Government
Parties in the Netherlands have asked former finance minister Gerrit Zalm to lead negotiations for forming a government, signaling their seriousness to do a deal before the start of the fiscal year in September. Read more
Dutch Left Forces Liberals into Coalition with Christian Right
The Christian Union and liberal Democrats in the Netherlands have broken off talks to join a coalition government, citing irreconcilable differences in drug, euthanasia and income policies.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal party and the Christian Democrats had called for negotiations between the four parties. They share views with the Christian Union and liberal Democrats on labor and tax reform as well as health care.
But during a meeting on Tuesday, the leaders of the Christian Union and liberal Democrats failed to bridge their differences. The former cannot allow the legalization of marijuana and an expansion of euthanasia rights; the latter opposes income policies that favor families over individuals. Read more