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Title: Coalition agreement presented
Author: Netherlands: Netherlands Government Information Service
Series/Date: News 10.10.17
Source Origin: National official organisation
Source Type: News
Notes: On 10 October 2017 Mark Rutte, Sybrand Buma, Alexander Pechtold and Gert-Jan Segers, the leaders of their respective parties in the Dutch parliament, presented the new coalition agreement - 208 days after the March 2017 election.

The coalition agreement was entitled Confidence in the Future.

Commentators saw it as a complex and possibly fragile four party coalition.

King Willem-Alexander swore in the third government headed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the 26 October 2017.

The 'Rutte III' government consisted of four parties: the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), Democrats '66 (D66) and the Christian Union (CU). It comprised six ministers from the VVD, four from the CDA, four from D66 and two from the CU.
Source URL: https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2017/10/10/government-presents-coalition-agreement
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Keywords: The Netherlands: Political situation - Parliamentary | General | Legislative Election, 15 March 2017 - Coalition government negotiations - Dutch coalition talks
Geographic Indicators:  Netherlands, The: Internal
Background
A general election in the Netherlands was held on the 15 March 2017.

The incumbent Prime minister Mark Rutte claimed victory for his VVD party (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) following the election. His party secured 33 seats in the 150 seat lower house of the Dutch parliament.

As was common in the Dutch political system a coalition of various political parties would need to be negotiated over the following weeks (months?) to form a viable government.

The anti-EU and anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders and his PVV (Freedom Party) obtained 20 seats which was seen as a partial defeat for Mr Wilders and his populist style of politics.

Mr Rutte said that the result showed that 'the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said ‘stop’ to the wrong kind of populism'.

As anticipated the negotiations to form a coalition proved difficult and protracted.
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