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The VVD and the CDA definitely do not want to join the PvdA and GroenLinks in the formation.
The leaders of those four parties announced this on Tuesday after a meeting with informateur Mariëtte Hamer.
"VVD and CDA have just informed us at the informateur that they do not want to talk to us about the content of a possible coalition agreement," said Lilianne Ploumen (PvdA).
She calls that step "very unfortunate".
GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver thinks the decision of VVD and CDA is "un-Dutch".
"Two parties indicate that they refuse substantive negotiations," said Klaver, who reported together with Ploumen.
"Democracy is the loser and that is a shame."
PvdA and GroenLinks announced on 20 August that they would continue together in possible formation negotiations.
It was a logical step to strengthen left-wing cooperation, according to the party leaders.
It bothers Ploumen and Klaver that Mark Rutte (VVD) and Wopke Hoekstra (CDA) did not even want to start substantive conversations.
Differences, which they also see, can be bridged.
"The whole idea of a formation is that you talk about it with each other," says Klaver.
Rutte and Hoekstra fear instability with two left-wing parties
Rutte and Hoekstra fear an unstable cabinet if either GroenLinks or PvdA is not necessary for a majority.
"It can happen that one faction votes differently on important parts than the other. VVD, CDA and D66 do not have that luxury," said Rutte.
In addition, they see many substantive differences with both parties.
This sum means that VVD and CDA do not want to work with two left-wing parties.
Rutte did lend a helping hand to Ploumen and Klaver with the informateur, he said.
"I said that we will do everything we can to reach out in the coalition agreement on greening, climate change, nitrogen and education and to look for substantive cooperation."
Rutte said his decision has nothing to do with a lack of confidence in GroenLinks or PvdA.
Hoekstra said that other variants are also conceivable for a majority coalition, but would not say which ones.
The ChristenUnie will probably not negotiate either, said party leader Gert-Jan Segers.
He has been feeling "undesirable" for some time, especially by D66.
In his view, a minority coalition is the most feasible step at the moment.
D66: 'It is now up to VVD to find a way out of the impasse'
A five-party coalition with VVD, D66, CDA, GroenLinks and PvdA has always been preferred by D66 leader Sigrid Kaag.
She therefore calls the exclusion of the left-wing parties by VVD and CDA "more than regrettable".
According to Kaag, it is now up to VVD as the largest party to find a way out of the "formal impasse".
When asked whether it is still self-evident that D66 will sit in a new cabinet, Kaag replied "that each party will deliberate".
It is not clear how to proceed now.
A majority coalition seems further away than ever since elections were held five and a half months ago.
Last summer, Rutte and Kaag, as election winners, wrote the start of a coalition agreement, in the hope that others would join.
It is unclear how things will continue in the formation process.
A minority government is an option, but so far no party has expressed its preference for this.
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