Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Thanks everyone for pitching in, Freud especially, Nanne, tzt, everyone else.

An election not as bizarre as in 2002 or 2003, but certainly not an ordinary pre-Fortuyn one. As I observed before, polarisation is still on the march squeezing at the centre. The rise of Wilders shows that the "spirit of Fortuyn" and the belly populism still has not come to an end in this country, whatever the foreign press writes.

Basing myself on the surprisingly candid late-night chat between the party-leaders, I think that a CDA-SP-PvdA coalition will actually first be considered. Failing that, a CDA-PvdA-ChristenUnie is the best alternative or we spiral into a maddening four-parties coalition. No one wants that - March 2007 are elections for the Senate.

Whatever happens, people voted in favour for a more social policy. The left "bloc" is marginally larger than the right "bloc".

Left- PvdA+SP+GroenLinks+D66+AnimalParty+CU= 32+26+7+3+2+6 = 76
Right- CDA+VVD+SGP+Wilders =41+22+2+9=74

More sane thoughts in the morning.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 06:58:13 PM EST
Now you need a political compass diagram based on the vote percentages... you have the R code ;-)

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 06:59:33 PM EST
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Visuals would have been incredibly useful now... But I simply spaced out since this afternoon. The political junkee took over, even when I didn't wanna.

I understand the coding and am able to tweak it. It's just putting the shoulder behind the wheel now. I'll post the result in another diary/update on the coalition negotiation.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 07:05:43 PM EST
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Thanks Nomad & everyone! Let's see what the results'll feel like after a good night's sleep..

You have a normal feeling for a moment, then it passes. --More--
by tzt (tzt) on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 07:03:38 PM EST
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Thanks to everyone, especially you, for the coverage and explanations!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 at 03:49:40 AM EST
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Yes!! A big thanks to everyone who ran this thread...really interesting! Thank you and kudos!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Nov 23rd, 2006 at 04:12:40 AM EST
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