‘A lot of work to do’: Dutch government formation talks drag on for record 226 days

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Government enactment talks successful the Netherlands person go the longest connected record, 226 days aft the 17 March elections delivered a fractured governmental scenery that made parties much reluctant than ever to compromise.

Dutch authorities coalitions often instrumentality months to form, but this year’s post-election talks person been particularly drawn out. For months, parties failed to adjacent determination beyond the question of who would beryllium allowed astatine the dialog table.

Meanwhile, pressing matters specified arsenic clime change, wellness attraction and the strained lodging marketplace person been near untouched.

“It’s remarkable,” said governmental historiographer and furniture enactment adept Carla van Baalen. “We person ne'er seen a concern successful which nary existent talks were held for months pursuing the elections.”

Talks came to a standstill soon aft the elections arsenic parties tried to mend relations aft a failed no-confidence vote successful premier curate Mark Rutte.

As efforts to bring different parties to the array failed, the 4 parties that person governed the Netherlands since 2017 yet agreed to effort to widen their conjugation past month, but nary existent advancement has been reported since.

The deficiency of afloat functioning authorities does not look to person wounded the Dutch economy. It has rebounded powerfully from a Covid-19 slump and boasts 1 of the strongest maturation rates successful Europe.

But pressing longer-term problems are being neglected arsenic agelong arsenic the conjugation remains successful caretaker status.

“Only urgent problems, specified arsenic contiguous measures to combat Covid-19, are addressed”, Van Baalen said.

The March elections were won by the blimpish VVD enactment led by Rutte, who has been premier curate since 2010. But with lone 22% of the vote, Rutte needs the enactment of astatine slightest 3 inferior partners to unafraid a bulk successful parliament.

Party leaders were expected to grasp the nettle during a three-day retreat that started past Wednesday, but arsenic they convened Rutte made it wide that a compromise was inactive not successful sight.

“We’ll person much talks adjacent week, and astir apt successful the week aft too”, Rutte said. “There is inactive a batch of enactment to do.”