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Holland used to have a reputation as a liberal and even left wing society. What I do not quite understand is why it has moved so far to the right in recent years. Is immigration, or opposition to it the root cause? Or is Rutte increasingly out of step with his own people? It seems as if he is moving to the right just as much of the rest of Europe is moving tentatively to the left, embracing Keynesian economics and re-coiling in horror from Trumpism and Brexit. Or is he trying to re-position the Netherland's as Trump's new best friend within the EU, now that Boris is doing his disruptive thing from the outside.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jul 20th, 2020 at 11:57:32 AM EST
Fro what I see, the Dutch Left has lost its prestige in the 2002 election, and shows no signs of recovering it. Economically, what are they to do after the purple privatizations?

In aggregate, the frugal Dutch are creditors within Europe. The morals for kumbaya equality are constricted then. The EU became the civilized tool of debt recovery. Or was it even intended predominantly as such?

by das monde on Tue Jul 21st, 2020 at 10:09:28 AM EST
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It may be a matter of accumulation.  The Netherlands used to foist much of its right wing onto overseas locations such as South Africa (Boers) and the Americas (e.g. Reformed Church crypto-Nazis in western Michigan).  This export program stopped being an option after WWII, and so the right wingers simply piled up at home.  That population hit critical mass just as 2002 lit the fuse.
by rifek on Wed Jul 22nd, 2020 at 05:45:48 PM EST
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