The VVD and CDA again firmly stated that they will not work with anti-Islam party PVV and its leader Geert Wilders. Formation negotiator Herman Tjeenk Willink asked VVD leader Mark Rutte and CDA leader Sybrand Buma to put in writing why they will not form a government with Wilders. They dismissed Wilders as untrustworthy and "increasingly radical", the Volkskrant reports.
"Over the past years Wilders hardened in his rejection of the liberal core values of our country", Rutte wrote. As long as the PVV continues to "shame and insult" population groups, call the Tweede Kamer a "fake parliament", "undermine the judiciary" and "refuse to take responsibility", Wilders can not rule, according to the VVD leader. "To establish a stable government, mutual trust is indispensable and that is lacking."