- Category: News
- Created on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 18:04
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
The centre-right party believes the existing system is ‘perverse’ because it encourages homeowners to maximise their loans, which has contributed to Dutch householders having the highest mortgage debt in the EU.
The CDA is seeking to carve out a distinct identity from both its coalition partner, the Liberals (VVD), and the PVV, which is propping up the minority centre-right government through a tolerance agreement (gedoogakkord).
But any proposal to change the mortgage deal is likely to run up against strong opposition from Wilders, who insisted last month that it must be protected in the next round of budget cuts.
The government needs to find between €6 million and €10 million of further savings in 2012 under the rules of the current coalition deal, which are designed to keep the national debt on a tight rein.
Opinion polls suggest Wilders is playing for high stakes, with nearly half of all PVV voters against any change to mortgage interest relief.
Senior CDA officials are reported to have drawn up a report which will form the basis of the party’s strategy for the next decade and beyond.
Sources close to the party leadership told NRC that the party also wants to distance itself from the PVV’s aggressive stance on immigration.
‘The presence of ethnic minorities in our society is not a problem,’ a source said. ‘Nor do we wish for the kind of polarisation that the PVV stands for.’