The Hague, Netherlands – The Dutch economy is booming, the formation of their government is not.
After the elections in March 2017, Mark Rutte from the liberal party VVD, started the formation of a coalition with other parties. However the formation talks have come to a halt after running out of ink at the Johan de Witthuis in The Hague. Delaying the already second longest lasting formation talks ever (187 days) in the Netherlands.
“I had to sent every body home who did not print their required papers at home for today” – Mark Rutte stated after leaving the building. The Prime Minister of the caretaking government blames the current Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem. “He simply printed too many copies of the speech from the throne and now we are out of ink”.
The speech from the throne is held every year as part of the Dutch Prince’s Day tradition, which was last Tuesday. The speech did not last as long as usual but used a lot of ink in preparation. The Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem had forgotten to print some copies at home and had to print the throne speech in the Johan de Witthuis instead. In his rush he accidentally printed way more copies than necessary and used up most of the ink.
When the formation talks will continue is still uncertain. “New ink has been ordered at the local electronics shop and is expected to deliver next Monday” – A spokeswomen of the Johan de Witthuis stated. Possible coalition party leader Sybrand van Haersma Buma from the Christian Democratic Appeal was displeased that he was send home and replied: “This is unbelievable, this is really bad”.