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There was slight shift to the left, if you see CDA/PVV/VVD as the right and PvdA/SP/GL/D66 as the left. the gains of the VVD were slighter then the losses of PVV and CDA. On the other hands the gains of the PvdA and D66 were bigger then the losses of GL.

Still that gets you to ca. 44% left and 45% right. So power is hold by the parties neither clearly left or right: the christian and animal fundamentalists (SGB Christenunie and PvdD) and the new pensioners party.

So instead of cobbling a six party coalition were two parties are nuts, a two party government looks attractive.

And a PvdA-VVD-D66 coalition already existed. there is even a color name for them.

by IM on Thu Sep 13th, 2012 at 06:24:14 AM EST
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to the left is maximally 3 seats and most likely 2. In a parliament of 150 seats, that's a marginal 2 percent.

The smallest parties may eventually have some minor influence in course-correcting through parliament, but not in the formation of government, I'd wager. Had four to five parties been needed to form a majority, the smallest parties were (silently) hoping to plug the gap for considerable leverage. That scenario hasn't panned out.

Now the bigger parties need to muscle it out first. For coalition building, one should look at the medium-sized parties. The CDA, reduced to medium size, will think twice of being pulled into a coalition - but they love power, never say never. Greens are now too small and need cleaning up first.

Intuitively, D66 has the best cards to be eventually invited. But that would mean Samsom would have to make a deal with two Marketista parties, which would reduce his bargaining power.

Headaches galore.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Thu Sep 13th, 2012 at 07:47:15 AM EST
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The new Purple color would be less bright than the Third Way's.

If VVD and PvdA would come together, why they would need a third party?

by das monde on Thu Sep 13th, 2012 at 10:33:56 AM EST
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Two reasons: One, to guarantee a majority in the Senate. Which is why CDA remains attractive as partner. Two, as a mediator between the two opposites. But number wise, PvdA and VVD can form a coalition without a third party involved.
by Nomad (Bjinse) on Thu Sep 13th, 2012 at 10:41:26 AM EST
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