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Political parties wanting to make up a new Cabinet first have to reach an agreement on a draft Coalition Agreement, which is then presented for comment to the political groups representing the coalition parties in the House of Representatives. The more comments are received, the greater the chances that further negotiations will be necessary between the intended coalition partners. It may, for instance, be an issue that political groups find too few of the goals formulated in their party's manifesto included in the Coalition Agreement. In such a case, the formation may still fail.

Give and take

A Coalition Agreement is a matter of give and take, and a compromise between different party views. In the House of Representatives, the Cabinet sheds some light on the agreement with the Government’s Policy Statement. The majority of the House has to endorse the agreement.