AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat party has voted to cooperate with an anti-Islam party, removing another hurdle to forming a conservative Dutch government.
The Christian Democrats plan to join a minority Cabinet led by the pro-business VVD party, and with tacit support from Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom party.The trio have announced a blueprint to curtail immigration and make major spending cuts.
At a convention Saturday in Arnhem, a majority of 5,000 members of the party, known as the CDA, voted in favor of a resolution to work with the Freedom Party, but there was significant opposition.
CDA parliament members will make a final decision next week, with two lawmakers possibly still opposed.
Wilders stands trial on Monday for anti-Muslim hate speech.