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In the last decade, the CDA profiled itself as a governing party, closing gap to rightwing policy of the VVD and personified in its appointed [!] leader Wopke Hoekstra after the party refused to accept the popular Pieter Omtzigt.

There was little difference in Rutte IV cabinet policy and party program of the VVD, the distinction where Christian Democrats stood for vanished. Losing members and massive election losses, seems to have hit home ... much too late. The party of Dries Van Agt and Ruud Lubbers is no more ...

The new leader by default clearly opts to return to its centrist position ... a bit of the introduction by Bontenbal.

Our choice the center to bring people together

I attach great importance to the exemplary function of the House of Representatives. Our behavior matters. Many residents of the Netherlands have little faith in politicians, research shows time and time again. This has to do with the behavior in the House of Representatives. But also with fake news and conspiracy theories, the insults and full and half threats. It not only leads to an increasingly toxic political climate, but also to a society under high tension.

That is why the CDA deliberately opts for the middle: thorough, nuanced and substantiated. We do not magnify contradictions for our own gain, but always try to find connections and support for feasible solutions. We stand for a politics of the common good over the partial interests of groups. That is not boring, but much needed.

Ruud Lubbers already said that the political center is not an end in itself, but the concrete result of craftsmanship, advocacy and tolerance. That is our job as CDA. In the middle of the people. In the middle of every city and every village. In the middle of the associations and organizations that make our society possible. Midway between street and state. In the middle you don't have to shout, provoke or polarize to be heard. That's not our style.

Fortunately, most people are in that middle: a large silent majority, who do not watch a talk show every evening or are shouting loudly in the newspaper. They are the police officers on the street, the teachers in front of the classroom, the informal carers, the neighborhood fathers in the neighborhood and the volunteers behind the bar in the football canteen. The people who do the right thing by themselves and are not seen and recognized enough for that. The middle groups that support society and look after the other. We are there for them. Out of conviction and out of the realization that without them society would fall apart like loose sand.

If you are too busy with yourself, you don't see the other person enough. This has become painfully clear in recent years. That is why the problems of the Groningen people penetrated politically in The Hague so late. That is why the benefit parents were not seen for a long time. That is why Remkes had to be involved in seeing the desperation in the eyes of very reasonable people. Being seen: that is what large parts of our society have been missing.

That is also why we as CDA have started with living room conversations in the country. Out of sight of the cameras, our ministers and members of parliament go into the country to talk to people at home, and above all to listen.

That is why I called for a substantive election campaign. No political theatre, no blackening and shouting. Let all parties put their best ideas on the table. Then the voter can make a judgment on 22 November.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 01:45:53 PM EST
The choices made under PM Ruud Lubbers and election results ...

Cabinet Lubbers III 1989-1994)

Years of economic tough times going into a global recession 1992 ... two party government CDA 54 seats and Labour 49 seats ... representing 69% majority in Parliament. Lubbers advocate of tri-partite consultation of government-- employers confederation VNO-NCW - Labor Unions or the Third Way.

Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award to Drs. Ruud Lubbers in 1995

Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers received the International Four Freedoms Award. He received the award for his excellent work as a political leader in the Netherlands and his efforts to improve Western European-American relations and make the European Union stronger. And for his contributions to the World Trade Agreements (GATT) and his help in rebuilding the energy resources of the former Soviet Union?

Came across another interesting bilateral session in The Hague...

1983 Sep 19 -- Margaret Thatcher in Joint Press Conference with Dutch Prime Minister (Ruud Lubbers)

Agriculture, Defence (general), Defence (arms control), European Union (general), European Union Budget, Foreign policy (International organizations), Foreign policy (Middle East), Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), Foreign policy (Western Europe - non-EU), Science & technology ESTEC/ESA in Noordwijk

Later years ...

Margaret Thatcher and Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers were subjected to two days of French and German bullying, Kohl thumping the table, Chirac shouting ... topics EU expansion with Spain and Portugal plus concept monetary union (EMU).

EC: The political implications of European economic integration | Dec. 1991 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 01:55:02 PM EST
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