New Dutch government wants ‘more EU’ on migration, climate

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The new Dutch coalition government programme, presented on Tuesday (10 October), said the Netherlands is “inseparable” from the European Union.

It said that migration, climate change, and cross-border crime can only be tackled if the EU takes “a more active role”.

Tuesday’s presentation came 209 days after Dutch elections resulted in a highly-fragmented parliament, which required a four-party coalition.

Prime minister Mark Rutte will lead his third cabinet. His Liberals have teamed up with the centre-right Christian Democrats, the centrist D66, and the evangelical Christian Union.

D66 is staunchly pro-European, while Christian Union has always been quite sceptical of European integration.

While the Christan Democrats sit in the European Parliament with the establishment group, the European People’s Party, its Dutch leader, Sybrand Buma, has in recent years presented himself as a figure increasingly critical of the EU

Read more : EUobserver, 10.10.2017