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Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks) and Lilianne Ploumen (PvdA) will jointly form one negotiating team for any formation talks.

With this they want to show VVD leader Mark Rutte and CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra that they speak with one mouth and will not let themselves be played apart.

However, this does not seem to be enough for the VVD, who say in a response that this "does not change their position".

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Rutte previously announced that he did not want to form a cabinet with five parties.

If GroenLinks and PvdA remain separate factions after the formation, this step in the cooperation between the two parties does not seem sufficient for the VVD.

Klaver and Ploumen did not want to give a definitive answer about the collaboration after the formation.

The parliamentary groups will work together and consult, but for now only with regard to the formation.

"Further steps we are going to discover working way", they both said.

According to Ploumen, it is now a "logical and special step" to enter into possible negotiations with a joint effort.

Klaver called it "a next step in left-wing collaboration".

In any case, a general merger is not yet on the agenda.

Hoekstra told

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Thursday afternoon that he was

"skeptical" about any cooperation between the left-wing parties.

If Rutte and Hoekstra do want to sit down with Klaver and Ploumen, this does not necessarily mean that VVD, D66, CDA and GroenLinks/PvdA will form a cabinet.

It is not yet certain whether the parties will come to an agreement.

That chance seems greater than with previous formations, because Rutte and Sigrid Kaag (D66) have put 'building blocks' on paper this summer, in which CDA, GroenLinks and PvdA saw points of departure.

Time pressure is also increasing after five chaotic months.

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Segers seems to end up on the reserve bench

"All parties are still in the basket," Rutte said on Wednesday.

He was referring to ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers, who does

not feel "wanted"

after statements made by Kaag in the

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Nevertheless, Segers visited the informateur twice this week, in his own words "out of courtesy".

The ChristenUnie leader emphasized that he is still not eager, but that it is up to Kaag and Rutte to make a choice.

"I already indicated before the recess that, if we are needed, I do not want to be the last blockade. I would find it very embarrassing if it ends in new elections," said Segers, who seems to be taking a seat on the reserve bench.

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