In any case, the CDA closed its ranks during a conference in Den Bosch. As expected, there was criticism of the course during the disastrous year for the Christian Democrats, but at the end of the day steam had been blown off and party leader Wopke Hoekstra even left with a standing ovation after his speech. The day after the congress, VVD and D66 also heard that the CDA congress, which had been designated as explosive in advance, will not throw up any new obstacles in the formation.
Hoekstra emphasized on Saturday that he sees a role in the cabinet for the CDA. “The formation is at such a complex stage that I would do better just to tell you that we will continue to be constructive. From the content, and from our ideals. And be prepared to take responsibility for the Netherlands.”
It seemed to be a tough conference in the Brabanthallen, after all the struggles at the CDA last year. The emotions were visible on Saturday morning among Christian Democrats who came to Den Bosch en masse. There was criticism of the course, credibility, haggling in the party leadership and the messy run-up to last year’s parliamentary elections.
And then there was the departure of the popular Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt, about which CDA members wanted an explanation. The criticism sounded, but also quickly died down. Hoekstra promised that the door is always open for Omtzigt.
Former Prime Minister Balkenende gives CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra a fatherly nod and a box. At the congress there was strong criticism of the course during the disastrous year for the Christian Democrats. Nevertheless, Hoekstra left with a standing ovation after his speech.
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The CDA leader was still given homework. A majority of CDA members want to bring IS women and children back to the Netherlands. The party’s advice was to vote against this resolution. Nevertheless, CDA members adopted the proposal with a narrow majority (54 percent).
The majority of Christian Democrats also spoke out against the feudal system. About 70 percent of the members believe that the CDA should not co-govern if the loan system is not abolished. Interim chairman Van Rij, however, came with a clear message to the CDA members: they are not about the negotiations that the group conducts at the formation table. No matter how they judge IS children and the loan system. “To give a breaking point is to give a burden.”
It is still unclear which parties will be visiting Remkes this week. Those involved in the formation note that the brand new informant is not interested in repeating the same conversations endlessly. That would also be one of the reasons that he does not immediately ask VVD, D66 and CDA for coffee again on Monday.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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