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Two captains on a single ship

Caspar van den Berg was asked by Dutch news programme EditieNL for a reaction to the new coalition agreement and the ministerial team. Some ministries are set to have two ministers. Can that go well? View the excerpt.

This week, the new ministerial team of the Rutte-III Cabinet was announced. Some ministries will have two heads. EditieNL examined this course of action.

Caspar van den Berg, a member of the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University in The Hague, responded to this. ‘Having two ministers, with the possibility of a conflict arising about which is the number one, is a recipe for trouble. It is crucial that clear agreements are made about the division of tasks.’

View the excerpt here.