How long will Mark Rutte lead our northern neighbors? He recently said it was a “learning to live with” question. In theory, this government will remain in place until 2025. It is unclear whether Rutte will introduce the VVD list again. The Omtzigt case left some traces on Teflon around Mark Rutte.
The visionless man is increasingly seen as a symbol of a previous decade. Discontent can also be heard within the party itself, such as recently at the party conference on government policy on nitrogen, where a majority of members voted openly against government policy. It seems as if VVD is preparing for the next stage, in which the party will have to search for a “sharper ideology”, after Rota’s pragmatic years. Looks like the party is ready. But Rota himself does not allow consideration of his papers.
Rota will turn 58 in the 2025 elections. Only he knows if he has other plans outside the Netherlands. He was the longest-serving prime minister in Europe since the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. It gives him a certain authority and tons of experience.
So the step towards an international career will not seem strange to anyone. But whether Mark Rutte hangs his bike on the hook and has a removal company come upstairs in The Hague to start a second political life in Brussels, New York, or anywhere else: it would be a step bigger for the creature of habit Rutte than political logic suggests.
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