Mark Rutte eyes another turn as Dutch leader as coalition talks begin

Mark Rutte said on Thursday that he wants a quick start to negotiations on forming the next Dutch government, a night after his party took a majority, clearing the way for his fourth term as prime minister. But it won’t be clear sailing for the head of the centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). The current government is made up of the VVD, the centre-right Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), the social liberal Democrats 66 (D66) and the centrist Christian Union. The D66 surged to second place in this week’s voting, with 25 seats. Combined with the VVD’s 35 seats, the curre…

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