PvdA and GroenLinks form a joint faction in the House of Representatives during the cabinet formation. Party leaders Lilianne Ploumen and Jesse Klaver announced this on Friday afternoon after hours of consultation. “We discuss our commitment and the continuation of possible negotiations in a joint group,” they write in a joint newsletter. A full merger is not currently on the agenda.
It is still unclear what the practical implementation of the far-reaching cooperation will look like. The left-wing parties had already said during the election campaign that they only wanted to sit together in a new cabinet, but so far VVD and CDA are not interested in working with both PvdA and GroenLinks. Partly because of this, the formation is at an impasse.
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Last word to members
In their joint newsletter, the party leaders write that they “want to make a fist together, not separately”. According to them, “a joint commitment to the formation and a joint negotiating delegation is a logical consequence of the agreement to hold on to each other.”
In a press conference after their talks, Ploumen said that the seventeen MPs of the PvdA and GroenLinks will now jointly decide how to enter the negotiations. According to Klaver, this is a special and big step. “All our predecessors have talked about this before. And in this way we are taking the next step in left-wing cooperation.” Klaver and Ploumen announce in their letter that they will discuss the close cooperation with their members. “The members have the last word,” writes Ploumen.