THE RECENT Dutch elections were nothing short of an earthquake,
expressing frustration and disappointment with the Dutch Labour Party
(PvdA). The winners were the Christian Democratic Party, which was in
government from 1918-94 (longer than the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union, as the joke goes) and the List Pim...
Following a year of political turmoil, the latest attempt to form a
stable coalition government in the Netherlands has fallen apart.
Alienation from the main establishment parties is marked. At the same
time, the Dutch economy has slowed down dramatically, after years of
growth and low unemployment.
The Dutch general election results (22 January) were a bitter
disappointment for many members and supporters of the Socialist Party, a
broad Left party, which had been tipped to make a historic electoral
breakthrough. Instead of winning up to twenty four seats, as some polls
had predicted, the SP failed to even increase...
As anticipated, the Dutch government consisting of the Christian
Democrats, the CDA, the liberal VVD and the hard right LPF (List Pim
Fortuyn, whose leader was shot dead last May), collapsed on the 16
October. Basically the CDA and the VVD pulled the plug on the
Around 1,000 people gathered on 17 September at The Hague in the
Netherlands to protest against the plans by the new coalition government
(which includes the populist right wing Pim Fortuyn List) and to also
protest against US war plans for Iraq.
The extreme right Dutch politician, Pim Fortuyn, was shot dead 6 May, on
the premises of the national radio station in Hilversum. This single act
has shaken Dutch society, including the complacent Dutch establishment
who had always liked to assume that "nothing like that will happen here".
Months after the Dutch general elections, which saw dramatic gains for
the populist right wing Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), a new coalition
government has finally been formed. The administration’s proposed
policies are clearly to the right and in reality are a continuation of
the previous ‘Purple’...