The Netherlands is once again facing a coalition crisis. Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right Freedom Party (PVV), which won the elections, held talks with Pieter Omtzigt, leader of the New Social Contract Party, which participated in the elections for the first time, and left the table.
PVV leader Geert Wilders, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) led by Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius and the Farmer Citizens' Movement Party (BBB) led by Caroline van der Plas continue their search for coalition formulas.
Wilders: "We will see if there is a solution"
Wilders, who made a statement to the local press after the coalition meeting held by the 3 parties today, stated that they will continue the meeting tomorrow and said, "We will see if there is a solution, but I cannot say anything more about it."
Yeşilgöz-Zegerius said that they invited Omtzigt to participate in the talks and added, "I hope he will come back."
NSC refused to take responsibility for economic downturn
In a written statement on February 6, the NSC party announced that they had decided to withdraw from the coalition talks.In the statement, it was noted that the reason for this was that they learned that the course of public finances in the country was not encouraging and therefore the party did not want to take responsibility in the cabinet.
After the NSC withdrew from the coalition talks, Wilders posted on his social media account that it was "unbelievable" and "disappointing".
In his post, Wilders said, "The Netherlands wants this cabinet, but Omtzigt threw in the towel when we were negotiating until now. I don't understand anything about this."Yeşilgöz-Zegerius also stated in his post that he was very surprised and said, "I hope we will sit together soon and find out what is going on here."
Van der Plas shared, "It was a complete surprise for us when Pieter Omtzigt decided to get up from the table and stop talking."In a statement to local media, the leaders of the three parties said they would continue to invite Omtzigt to participate in coalition talks.Formation of a "right-wing" coalition government recommended in the Netherlands
Wilders, who won 37 seats with 23.5 percent of the vote in the early general elections held in the country on November 22, announced that he wanted to form a right-wing coalition with the VVD, which ranked third with 24 seats, the NSC, which ranked fourth with 20 seats, and the BBB, which ranked sixth with 7 seats.
In the final report prepared by Ronald Plasterk, one of the former interior ministers assigned to investigate coalition possibilities after the elections in the Netherlands, it was recommended to hold talks and researches for the establishment of a quadruple "right" coalition government with PVV, VVD, NSC and BBB.