New Dutch government under Mark Rutte wants to spend more

New Dutch government under Mark Rutte wants to spend more

The coalition agreement of the new Dutch government under Prime Minister Mark Rutte foresees more spending on childcare, teacher salaries, and environmental issues, showing the increased influence of the centre-left, liberal party D66. Although the coalition agreement remains cautious on EU fiscal rules, the additional spending at home marks a shift away from the frugal image of the Dutch government. In the summer of 2020, the previous Rutte government was one of the staunchest opponents of the EU’s recovery fund, calling instead for fiscal restraint. Stronger D66 leads to more…

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