Wilders on the verge of power

Published on 29 September 2010 at 10:59


“Wilders claims historic breakthrough,” headlines Trouw after yesterday’s three-way handshake between Christian Democrats (CDA), Liberals (VVD) and the Freedom Party (PVV). The CDA and VVD, which have been trying to find common ground since the 9 June general elections, have finally forged a right-wing coalition buttressed by a deal with the PVV, Geert Wilders’ Islamophobic party. The latter, having swept aside the parties on the left, will have 24 seats at their disposal (the other two coalition partners have 52 seats), sufficient leverage to play a pivotal part in policymaking in the new coalition. The government will probably be piloted by Liberals leader Mark Rutte. The Christian Democrats’ convention this Friday will decide whether to share power with the Freedom Party or not.

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