Dutch coalition partners agree government deal

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS
Dutch coalition partners agree government deal

The four Dutch political parties that have been working on a coalition agreement have struck a deal which they will present to their parliamentary groups.

Who will be in the coalition?

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the conservative Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). the liberal D66 and the conservative Christian Union (CU).

When will the details be made public?

Probably during a press conference on Tuesday.

Parliament is likely to be informed later in the week.

And what happens after that?

Rutte will almost certainly remain prime minister and he is likely to be reappointed later this week.

He will then form a Cabinet, which is on course to be sworn in later this month.

How long have the Dutch been without a government?

Since the parliamentary election on March 15 – that’s 208 days.

What they are saying

Alexander Pechtold, the leader of D66, said a deal with the CU was not his first choice but added that the final agreement was “balanced.”