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Mark Rutte's economic policies are based on Thatcherism and Conservatism. The proces of confrontation with Brussels has elements of both: Thatcher on special treatment and deductions, Cameron on negotiation tactics of obstruction due to domestic politics.

The Tories lost votes to UKIP's Farage. Dutch Conservative party VVD has to use populist tactics of the far right on immigration and "anti-EU" position or lose voters to Geert Wilders and newcomer Thierry Baudet.

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After PM May, Rutte's Friendship w Trump

PM Rutte relies on excellent PR management and very friendly Dutch media and journalism. So bad, I can't watch news programs or documentaries. All are little critical and the Dutch have lived through two decades of right-wing rhetoric after 9/11 that changed society forever. The political murders of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh were the catalysts of Xenophobia and Islamophobia.

by Oui on Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 at 08:28:59 PM EST
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