GroenLinks and the Labor Party do not form a single group after the elections in most provinces. With the exception of Zeeland, there are no plans in the provinces to merge the Members of Parliament, as in the Senate. This is evident from a tour of the Volkskrant along the provincial departments of both parties.
While at the top of the parties all signals are in the direction of close cooperation and party leaders Jesse Klaver and Attje Kuiken are emphatically campaigning together, there is less enthusiasm in the provinces for the time being. Provincial politicians point out the differences between the parties and do not see the need.
Zeeland is the only province where the parties are aiming for a faction merger and even go one step further: voters can vote for a joint list of the two parties. Six PvdA names and four from GroenLinks appear in the top ten. Party leader Anita Pijbelink, now deputy on behalf of the PvdA: ‘Zeeland is a conservative and conservative stronghold. As left-progressive parties you seek each other out, because together we are a really big player.’