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A government coalition agreement

Four Dutch political parties have reached a new government coalition agreement (you can read it in this Dutch pdf of 68 pages). A quick scan delivered ten remarkable paragraphs, of which we will follow the new coalition with much interest. You can find these in the Dutch version of this news item. They focus on the mentioning of issues like open data, open science, privacy legislation and the inclusive society.

After a record 208 days, agreement was struck between four parties on Tuesday to form a centre-right government led by the liberal prime minister, Mark Rutte.

The blueprint – agreed by Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the Christian Democrats, the centrist and pro-European Union D66 party and the faith-based Christian Union – spells out plans for tax cuts, lessons in national identity and an experiment with state-sanctioned cannabis plantations over the next four years.