Hope, Guts and Pride: a new Dutch coalition

May 21, 2024

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Laurens Minderhoud


In a landmark agreement, the four-party coalition government, consisting of the PVV, VVD, BBB, and NSC, has revealed its blueprint for the future, encapsulated in the ambitious title “Hoop, lef en trots” (hope, guts, and pride). 

This comprehensive strategy spans 26 pages, outlining key initiatives aimed at reshaping various aspects of Dutch society. Among the core pillars of this transformative agenda are measures designed to alleviate the burden on hardworking Dutch citizens, both young and old, including middle-income earners and entrepreneurs, while also ensuring support for those facing economic hardship.

A focal point of the coalition’s plan is the implementation of the strictest admission regime possible for asylum seekers and the most extensive package ever devised to manage migration. With a keen focus on maintaining sovereignty over borders and controlling immigration flows, these measures aim to address concerns surrounding social cohesion and integration.

The coalition’s commitment to addressing the housing crisis and bolstering infrastructure and energy transition efforts is another cornerstone of their agenda. Recognizing the pressing need for housing solutions, the government plans to inject significant resources into housing construction, infrastructure development, and sustainable energy initiatives, signaling a concerted effort to tackle pressing environmental challenges.

Furthermore, the coalition pledges to significantly reduce healthcare costs for Dutch citizens by more than halving the health insurance excess by 2027, alongside substantial investments in elderly care services.

In a bid to empower farmers and fishermen and ensure food security for all, the government promises to provide greater autonomy to agricultural and fishing industries. This initiative not only seeks to secure the future of these vital sectors but also aims to safeguard food production for the nation.

A key aspect of the coalition’s vision is enhancing citizen participation through electoral reform and strengthening fundamental rights through the establishment of a constitutional court. These measures aim to foster greater accountability and democratic representation, ensuring that the voices of all citizens are heard and respected.

In tandem with these domestic priorities, the government is steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding the safety and security of Dutch citizens. Through a strict approach to combating crime and terrorism, the coalition aims to combat the rise of (violent) drug-related crime, aiming to ensure that the Netherlands remains a safe and secure environment for all its inhabitants.

As the coalition government unveils its plans, it signifies a crucial juncture in shaping the future of the Netherlands. However, while the vision and commitment of the new cabinet are evident, the road ahead is fraught with complexities. Navigating the compatibility with EU law is imperative for the bold plans, requiring a nuanced approach. Success relies not solely on bold initiatives, but also on the government’s adeptness in navigating implementation intricacies and remaining responsive to the evolving Dutch societal landscape.