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NeXiT the Trump Era of Dutch PM Wilders

by Oui Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 08:40:40 AM EST

A thousand excuses to all …

Horrible … horrible … happens once in a thousand days when I’m updating diary on my iPad … must have touched the “delete” button and “spoof” I get the message “deleted diary” 

Update Consulted with ET editorial team, but delete is quite definite.

On my iPad there was still the older version open, so I managed a print screen copy in order to re-assemble all the comments.

Original posted by Oui on Wed Nov 22nd 2023 at 07:09:53 PM PDT

I've got my bags packed ... moving to an EU country on the Mediterranean Sea ... whiff of fresh air and no more freezing Winter temperatures ...

See my stoutest fears of the election result on Monday ...

The Dutch Massacre of Election Day Nov 22

Meet the next Prime Minister of the Kingdom of The Netherlands ...

Previous diary ...

1st Election Debate Gives Clarity Candidates

Former VVD colleague Geert Wilders will pick up where 13 horror years of Mark Rutte left the Dutch ... the imposter fled the scene early in Rutte IV. One can easily determine any coalition with Wilders will be Rutte V. A smiling Mark ... he knew he shared the same voter electorate as right-wing PVV, the one-man party of Wilders financed by the American Anti-Islam lobby. Indeed, Geert Wilders is a fervent pro-Israel candidate who has stated the Palestinians have a state in Jordan and should be moved by force out of the West Bank.

Mark Rutte knew the Dutch are so damn racist and Islamophobic, a Kurdish immigrant would never be elected as Prime Minister. Wilders has the most experience in government and has been part of an earlier coalition in support of Rutte.

Far-right leader Geert Wilders wins Dutch election: Exit poll | Politico |

A win for Wilders will put the Netherlands on track -- potentially -- for a dramatic shift in direction, after Rutte's four consecutive centrist far-right anti-immigration and pro-war governments. The question now, though, is will any other parties join Wilders to form a coalition government, given that despite emerging as the largest party, he will lack an overall majority in parliament.

Wilders wants to ban mosques and leave the EU. His Freedom Party is on track to be the largest in parliament.

To the soundtrack of Rocky, Wilders greeted his supporters in a cafe on the Dutch coast with a big smile. "The voters have spoken tonight and they have said that they are fed up," he said.

"We are going to make sure that Dutch voters will be put first again," he said in a classic PVV speech, saying that the party wants to work toward curbing the "asylum tsunami," putting more money in people's wallets and better security.

He extended a hand to other parties, saying that now it's time to work together and come up with answers. Wilders said his party would work for "solutions that conform to the constitution."

His anti-Islam rhetoric, however, is still very much part of the PVV's program for government. The party wants to ban mosques and the Quran, and forbid Islamic headscarves in government buildings. Wilders is also a hardline euro-sceptic, calling for a so-called "NeXit" referendum on leaving the EU.


[Updated to final result]

My quick analysis of the massacre ...

As the protest parties Farmers coalition BBB and new party New Social Contract of Pieter Omtzigt lost some of its dynamic in the last few weeks, the PVV of Wilders not only got the VVD bonus of like-minded voters but also the anti-Rutte protest vote.

The other big winner is Pieter Omtzigt moving from a single seat to 20 seats in Parliament. Because the BBB made a dramatic win in the election for the Senate, they will surely be a prime target to join any coalition.

The parties of Rutte IV made a very dramatic loss ...

VVD  24 (-10) ; D66  10 (-14) ; CDA  5 (-10) ; CU  3 (-2) Total loss 42  (-36)

Coalition will be quite difficult as all smaller parties lost seats due to strategic voting on four leading parties in polls.

Rightwing: PVV 37 + VVD 24 + BBB 8 = 69 still 7 short for a majority.

Centrist: GL-Labour 25 + NSC 20 + D66 10 = 55 and far short 21 seats.

New option: PVV 37 + GL-Labour 25 + NSC 20 = 82 unlikely combination but in theory clears the hurdle of 75 for a majority government.


Work In Progress ... more to come


Le Pen and Wilders unite to form eurosceptic alliance

France's Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, and the Netherlands' Geert Wilders, who heads the nationalist Party for Freedom, forged an alliance on Wednesday to undermine the European Parliament from within.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 04:19:46 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 04:21:38 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 04:22:38 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 04:26:20 PM EST
The Hairshirt Crusader 2008 (none / 1)

That is my pet name for Geert since 2012, Obama admin II, the first year that the term "Islamist" punctured my "retarded culture" of GWOT "ideology". I suppose, I could blame my ignorance on my descent from eurotrib into the California Cohort of Petty landlords. Seven years wandering the wilderness! But I've no reason to. Wilders' message over the past 25 years has proved absolutely impervious, immutable, immortal, and goshdarn sustainable.
(I don't know if Geert ever made a guest appearance on "The Apprentice". Did he? I don't even which NL channels broadcast "The Apprentice". If so, captions or dub?)

'I don't hate Muslims. I hate Islam,' says Holland's rising political star, 16 Feb 2008

'My allies are not Le Pen or Haider,' he emphasises. 'We'll never join up with the fascists and Mussolinis of Italy. I'm very afraid of being linked with the wrong rightist fascist groups.' Dutch iconoclasm [BWAH!], Scandinavian insistence on free expression, the right to provoke are what drive him, he says.

Read the book
Marked for Death: Islam's War Against the West and Me.
Find the film.
Fitna (collectors item!)

He shrugs off anxieties that his film will trigger a fresh bout of violence of the kind that left Van Gogh stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street and his estranged colleague Ayaan Hirsi Ali in hiding, or the murderous furore over the Danish cartoons in 2005

(btw, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, entrepreneur, and Niall Ferguson, atavist extraordinaire have traded their fraudulent high-brow credentials for sanctuary in spacious California, where she "went to the best therapists money can buy". Gah only knows whether they/them/their "spiritual journey" healed they/them/their SUFFERING inflicted by neurodivergent gender affirming care-givers.)

The length and energy that persons of the European persuasion will go to relieve themselves of historical, profound responsibility for "global" antipathy would be comical were they not deliberate and clearly patented.

The man who invented Trumpism 2017
Geert Wilders' radical path to the pinnacle of Dutch politics.

But Trump and Wilders differ in important ways. Trump's lack of focus is completely at odds with Wilders' singular, dogged determination to pursue his proclaimed mission: stop Islam in the Netherlands. And where Trump is a newcomer to politics, Wilders is one of the longest-serving lawmakers in the Dutch lower house, with a formidable command of parliamentary procedures.

The Dutch Trump: Who is Geert Wilders and what does he want? 2023
Geert wants an introduction to Hollywood producers willing to bankroll his next snuff "film". I'll wager, his unofficial state visit to the USA will not begin in Mar a Lago. Or even the Rehobeth B&B. It will begin in the home of Hersi-Ferguson.

by Cat on Thu Nov 23rd, 2023 at 07:00:44 PM PDT

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 09:20:41 AM EST
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HOLD THE PHONE .... (none / 1)

Donald Trump To Meet With Javier Milei
... in Buenos Aires

...Previously, journalist Luis Majul reported that the contact between Trump and Milei was facilitated by Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023). Milei confirmed this through social media....

ibid Lula got some splainin to do

by Cat on Fri Nov 24th, 2023 at 03:19:22 PM PDT

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 09:40:01 AM EST
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HOLD THE PHONE .... (none / 0)

Trump tells Argentina's President-elect Javier Milei he plans to visit Buenos Aires, 24 Nov tourist visa alert

The office did not give a date for when Trump intends to be in Buenos Aires. The inauguration of Milei, a right-wing populist who has expressed admiration for Trump, is scheduled for Dec. 10.
His conversation with Trump on Wednesday took place a few hours after Milei spoke with President Joe Biden.
The White House said Biden congratulated Milei and spoke of "the strong relationship between the United States and Argentina on economic issues, on regional and multilateral cooperation, and on shared priorities, including advocating for the protection of human rights, addressing food insecurity, and investing in clean energy."

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by Cat on Fri Nov 24th, 2023 at 06:26:43 PM PDT

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 09:47:17 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 04:29:45 PM EST
"unnecessary civilians"

Is this a translation error?

by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 04:46:33 PM EST
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Best option: GL-Labour 26 + VVD 23 + NSC 20 = 66

Why not D66, +10 for a majority government?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Nov 23rd, 2023 at 07:00:21 AM PDT

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 04:35:14 PM EST
D66 is a strong Green policy party with minister Rob Jetten responsible in Rutte IV ...

Rob Jetten (D66): 'We have lost a lot of time in recent years. especially by CDA leader Wopke Hoekstra' | De Volkskrant |

A party that lost so many seats because of participation in a coalition will more likely prefer to work in the opposition to regain more prominence. None of the above parties have a green agenda ... Hoekstra of the CDA switched very lately to the farmers protest, their electorate. Now sits in Brussels in the seat of Frans Timmermans. GL-Labour would be a natural coalition partner for D66 on green transition.

Hoekstra launched in Brussels just suffered a serious setback in the Green Deal legislation ...

No majority in Parliament for legislation to curb use of pesticides

D66 leader Sigrid Kaag Will always remembered for her victory dance ...

I was kind of fond of her credentials with the UN and experience as FM ... in Rutte IV she switched tasks with Hoekstra and became Finance Minister ... a black swan position for her.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:12:06 PM EST
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How the Far-Right Won the Dutch Election--and What Comes Next for the Netherlands

Geert Wilders was the surprise victor in Wednesday's Dutch elections, after a late surge that catapulted his anti-EU party to a resounding victory over his mainstream rivals.

Who is Wilders?

He's seen as the Dutch representative of the kind of populism championed by Donald Trump or Argentina's newly elected president, Javier Milei.

[False, not Milei but more French Marine Le Pen, Flemish Interest, British Nigel Farage and Italian Georgina Meloni - DutchInterestsFirst!]

Few people considered Wilders a serious candidate at the outset of the campaign but Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius, Rutte's successor at the head of the liberal group, handed him a lifeline by saying that she would consider serving in a coalition alongside the Freedom Party.

Another early frontrunner, Pieter Omtzigt, lost ground after equivocating over whether he really wanted to be prime minister. [To my astonishment, Omtzigt in early debates stated he could work with VVD on migration, to limit all migrants to 50k, was in 2022 250k and a great burden on housing ... 25 years of neglect to build new homes]

Wilders on the other hand set out a more pragmatic line, softening some of his more controversial policies and telling voters he wanted to be part of the next administration. 

He then put on a strong showing in the final election debates, appearing more confident than his rivals. [Crucial debate on SBS6 tv station was manipulated by placing two PVV supporters in the studio to ask questions on strong issues of Wilders, leaving the other candidates struggling - great job for biased media - damage done]

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 09:52:22 PM EST
Wilders won on his populist themes to protect lower incomes and the middle class, to cut taxes on energy, halt transition to green energy, close to denying Climate Change and clear support for Dutch agriculture and farmers. Has a strong anti-EU policy similar to all Republican administrations post 9/11 and includes Biden's attack on Europe.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 09:53:29 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 09:56:08 PM EST
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Like a John the Baptist, Dutch VVD leader Mark Rutte prepared the way for further advance of the far right ... nothing unexpected if one reads my diaries over the past decade here @ET or earlier @BooMan ...

The love of Mark Rutte for Conservative right-wing policy has been clear and abundant events prove that point. Loved his "friend" Donald Trump, close ties to Tory maniacal leader Boris Johnson ...

followed their SARS Covid-19 policy step-by-step from herd immunity at the start to stages of accepting the deaths of the elderly and weak ... to lying about his contacts and meetings at the highest levels in Europe.

The Netherlands underestimated the far right - and Geert Wilders' victory is the result | By Cas Mudde |

Media complacency and outgoing PM Mark Rutte's decision to campaign on immigration have created a political earthquake

Ultimately responsible for Wilders' massive victory is, ironically, his personal nemesis, Mark Rutte, the outgoing conservative (VVD) prime minister who decided to blow up his coalition over the specific issue of asylum seekers. By moving the focus from a controversy over farmers' use of nitrogen and the (alleged) urban-rural divide - which propelled the agrarian populist BBB party to a massive victory in provincial elections

[16 March 2023]

 earlier this year - back to immigration and the alleged native-immigrant divide, Rutte's VVD had hoped to dominate the campaign. Instead, as always, it is the far-right PVV that has won. As Jean-Marie Le Pen said almost half a century ago, the people prefer the original over the copy.

Moreover, when Rutte's successor in the VVD leadership, Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, opened the door to a possible coalition with Wilders, in the hope of becoming prime minister of such a coalition, she helped his normalization, which was eagerly taken up by Dutch journalists who were bored by the low-profile campaign are corporate media run by right-wing owners and editors for many years. To be fair, Wilders made excellent use of these opportunities, showing his exceptional political experience and skills in interviews and debates.

Still, while open to governing with Wilders, Yeşilgöz-Zegerius was adamant in the final days of the campaign that she would not govern under him. Given that the anti-establishment Pieter Omtzigt and his centrist New Social Contract (NSC) party had ruled out working with Wilders' PVV altogether, Wilders' electoral victory could yet convert to political defeat.

The BBB Farmers coalition was a protest vote against the sitting Rutte IV cabinet. Only late summer

[19 August 2023]

, the party by Pieter Omtzigt was founded, he named it a New Social Contract. Because he is from the Eastern province of Overijssel, the party established itself in the agrarian sector of rural Holland, a strong Christian Democrat (CDA) electorate. Many of his 44 candidates came from administrative functions from CDA strongholds in provinces and municipalities. He did not want to explode into the largest party and fail ... so he did wanted to do and is very ambitious to team up with Geert Wilders who led opposition in parliament to PM Mark Rutte and his cabinet. Omtzigt and Wilders have much in common to tackle governance and put people first. Increase lower income and support small business and cut taxes for these groups, starting with the outrageous federal tax on energy for households. The quadrupled energy costs are aggravated by the 100% tax surcharge. They both want to scrap the annual €46 billion gift in subsidies the fossil fuel industry receives asap. Omtzigt has one condition: Wilders should abide by the Constitution to protect the welfare of people.

EU Spring Uprising 2022 | 6 July 2022 |

The unrest in The Netherlands has led to PM Rutte live firing at the farmer protest which by itself was a culmination of years of anger and poor communication of policy ... the last 12 years of Rutte I thru Rutte IV.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:02:17 PM EST

My post @TikunOlam

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:04:28 PM EST
Racism Our Future - Wilders, Trump, and so on | @BooMan - 25 Nov 2016 |

I've been warning for years now ... the Dutch right-wing Islamophobes ... and what the Republicans and Trump supporters will bring on ... one could argue, under the Obama presidency latent racism steadily drifted and floated upward throughout US "new culture" and society. Social media brought it faster and stronger ... the blessings of Internet.

Nevertheless, the Bush years and the War on Terror became the accelerator, the catalyst of fear, anxiety and believers in fake news and conspiracies. I have thrown two son-in-laws to be out of my house because the younger generation is quite susceptible. It must be because of a void in historical knowledge, plain wisdom or just stupidity combined with a different focus on life and the meaning of a social being.

'Fitna': Dutch for 'Garbage' | Tikun Olam - 29 March 2008 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:06:23 PM EST
Sylvana Simons should get out of politics, says Wilders | Dutch News - 23 Nov. 2016 |

The only solution for the threats made against parliamentary hopeful Sylvana Simons is for her to be `protected against herself and her party Denk to be disbanded,' PVV leader Geert Wilders said on Twitter.

Wilders is currently on trial for inciting racial hatred and claims the legal process against him is aimed at stopping him airing his views.

His reaction followed the news that Simons is to be given security after `concrete threats' were made against her. A 36-year-old man has also been arrested after making a racist and violent video directed at the television presenter.

Sylvana Simons had founded her political party Bij1 [Bijeen or United] ... as Wilders doubled his seats in Dutch parliament, her party lost her single seat. Party Denk (Turkish) kept its 3 seats.

Opinion at another blog about the ugliest form of Dutch racism ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:07:35 PM EST
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Related reading ...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders Are Islamophobes | 19 March 2017 |

Paul Beliën Goes to Work for Geert Wilders | Sept. 2010 |

Regular readers will be familiar with Paul Beliën, [editor @HudsonInstitute] the man in charge of the invaluable Brussels Journal website. I've had the privilege to work with him on a number of occasions, most notably on the planning and execution of Counterjihad Brussels 2007 Conference.

The Danish People's Party is also an example for Geert Wilders. Since 2001 the Danish People's Party has also supported a liberal-conservative minority government from out of the opposition. That's precisely the formula that is also on the table now in the Netherlands.

Beginning this year, Paul Belien predicted that it in the Netherlands could also go that direction [in "The Wilders Momentum"]: "...the most likely outcome of the June elections will be a center-right minority government that depends on the support of the PVV," Beliën wrote.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:16:29 PM EST
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The VVD does not participate in a cabinet like @geertwilderspvv becomes prime minister. That's what party leader @DilanYesilgoz says. 'I'm not going to do that. Prime Minister Wilders would not be good for this country. This country needs a leader who can connect."

The Conservative right-wing party of Mark Rutte still self-serving and not taking responsibility for all the Dutch people and residents. Mark Rutte the most divisive PM in Dutch history. Did not connect people but used Geert Wilders to tell voters the VVD can be as tough on migrants and foreigners as the PVV.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:21:18 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:26:43 PM EST
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Polls suggest that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte could be returned to office, boosted by a wave of approval for his feud with Turkey's president | The Intercept |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:28:02 PM EST
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Voters in the Netherlands go to the polls for a general election dominated by concerns about immigration and Islamic radicalism.

The anti-Islam Freedom Party of Geert Wilders has long been seen as benefiting from the anti-establishment sentiment which fuelled the victories of Brexit campaigners in the UK and Donald Trump in the US last year.

Dutch elections: Rutte starts coalition talks after beating Wilders into second - as it happened | The Guardian - 16 March 2017 |

Related reading ...

GreenLeft proves to be big winner in Dutch election | The Guardian |

Party forecast to boost its MPs from four to 14 after storming campaign by young leader Jesse Klaver

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:29:37 PM EST
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Netherlands 'will pay the price' for blocking Turkish visit - Erdoğan | The Guardian - 12 March 2017 |

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has warned the Netherlands it will "pay the price" for a diplomatic stand-off after a Turkish minister was blocked from visiting her country's consulate in Rotterdam and tensions between the two countries exploded in angry protests.

Erdoğan described the treatment of Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, minister for families, as shameless and accused the Dutch of "behaving like a banana republic".

"If you can sacrifice Turkish-Dutch relations for an election on Wednesday, you will pay the price," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul. "I thought nazism was over, but I was wrong. In fact, nazism is alive in the west."

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:31:35 PM EST
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From EuroTrib diary archive ...

Strongman Rutte Days Before Election In 2017

Turkey doesn't forget ... just days before parliamentary elections in 2017 ...

Strongman Mark Rutte shows the far-right electorate and unified voter bloc of PVV Geert Wilders he is tough on Turks and Moroccan residents too. What a charade and utter disgrace ... calling himself courageous? A thin layer of varnish on this politician ... Teflon Mark 😝  

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:32:33 PM EST
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Today's statement ...

Yeşilgöz: VVD not in cabinet due to loss of seats, may want to tolerate 'cabinet of winners'

VVD leader Dilan Yeşilgöz does not want to join a cabinet with her party. The loss of ten seats is too great for that, she says prior to a meeting with the party leaders and House Speaker Vera Bergkamp. However, she is willing to tolerate a "cabinet of winners". She previously called Geert Wilders' PVV and Pieter Omtzigt's NSC the big winners of the elections.

Yeşilgöz wants to sit at the table during the formation to provide "frameworks" to the forming parties. She denies that this position would make a right-wing formation more difficult. "I sincerely don't want to make anything more difficult, but rather help a constructive center-right cabinet move forward."

The VVD leader thinks it is logical not to participate in the cabinet now. According to her, the voter has indicated that it could be "a little less VVD". "I also hear from the parties: VVD, skip a cabinet's period." Furthermore, her party "will step into the opposition seats of Parliament".

Willing to give backing to a minority coalition, but not part of forming the cabinet is a ticking time bomb ... just as this summer when Mark Rutte pulled the plug on his own administration of Rutte IV. No one will give the VVD that power next time around.

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By Oui on Fri Nov 24th, 2023 at 01:49:45 PM PDT

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:36:25 PM EST
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Publisher Derk Sauer moved the HQ of his corporation from Moscow to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Russian State TV Hails Dutch Far-Right Hardliner's Election Victory | Moscow Times |

A leading Russian state television anchor has praised the victory of Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders in The Netherlands' elections, saying his win plays to Russia's advantage in its war on Ukraine.

Wilders -- who ran on an anti-Islam, anti-immigration and anti-European Union platform -- has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past and supports ending Dutch military aid to Ukraine.

"Just to understand why this is important to Russia, for example, yesterday, during the 17th Ramstein-format meeting, the current prime minister of The Netherlands [Mark] Rutte promised fighter jets to [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky," Russian state television presenter Olga Skabeyeva said Thursday.

"But Wilders, who in his pre-election program said that he would stop helping Ukraine in the war, is coming to power. Wilders has also already said that he's in favor of immediate negotiations and all Ukrainian refugees leaving Holland," she continued. 

The Netherlands has been a staunch ally of Ukraine since Moscow's February 2022 invasion, and alongside Denmark led efforts to supply Kyiv with F-16 fighter jets.

Skabeyava went on to say that "the most level-headed thinking and sanity" is coming from the European far-right -- politicians who, she said, "it was customary to call fascists until recently."

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:39:36 PM EST

A deep divide: the long-term EU-Russia decoupling | Clingendael Institute - The Hague |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:40:12 PM EST
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On Dutch Holocaust day, Zelensky asks Netherlands to also mourn dead Ukrainians | TOI - 5 May 2023 |

Ronny Naftaniel, a former chair of the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands, reacted to the visit on Twitter, writing that whereas Zelensky "is welcome in the Netherlands also on May 4" and is "fighting for the freedom of his country, the war in Ukraine should not be confused with the memorial day. Leave the wreath laying and the 2 minutes of silence out of it."

Zelensky's speech prompted criticism both from the leader of the anti-Islam Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders, who boycotted the speech and from Arnoud van Doorn, a Muslim member of the City Council of the Hague, who wrote: "On the day that we commemorate victims of warfare, Zelly comes begging for more weapons. This clown is greeted like a hero," van Doorn wrote on Twitter.

My diary ...

Hijacking Peace by Zelensky for War Escalation | 4 May 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:42:31 PM EST
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Fear of Nexit? Dutch voters respond to shock election win by anti-Islamist Geert Wilders

Voters from across the political spectrum in the Netherlands share their hopes and concerns for the future

The party of the Netherlands' outgoing prime minister, Mark Rutte, has said it will not go into government with the anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders after this week's shock election result? Mr Wilders's far-right Freedom party (PVV) won 37 seats, more than doubling its representation in parliament to become the largest party.

As coalition talks begin, six voters in the Netherlands from across the political spectrum shared their hopes and concerns for the future.

'I am worried for the safety and wellbeing of minorities'

"I watched the results come in at a LGBTQ+ cafe in Amsterdam on Wednesday night with a group of my colleagues. We gasped when the exit polls showed the landslide victory for Wilders's PVV.

"The entire place was just shocked and the atmosphere was of dejection, followed by a united feeling about the need to protect minorities in our country and show solidarity.

"I am extremely concerned about the near future of our country. Mostly for the safety and wellbeing of the Muslim community as well as refugees and asylum seekers in the Netherlands. The election results are a consequence of many years of right-wing politicians' fear-mongering.

"The biggest problem in the Netherlands": Understanding the Party for Freedom's politicization of Islam | Brookings - 24 July 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:46:01 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:52:00 PM EST

Geert Wilders: effort to form Netherlands coalition not off to 'dream start'

Blow to far-right leader as man chosen to oversee coalition talks quits over fraud claims

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 10:53:32 PM EST
Really a clear warning to the years of Mark Rutte and the VVD policy on asylum and repeated abuse of human rights. Big problem for the economy is lack of workers, especially after the pandemic.

Netherlands - Court rules 24-week asylum seeker work restriction conflicts with EU law | Staffing Industry - 24 April 2023 |

A court in the Netherlands ruled that current regulation on asylum seeker work restrictions, which limit work to a maximum of 24 weeks during the year, is in conflict with the EU's Reception Conditions Directive?

According to the Dutch Judiciary, the Court has ruled that the UWV (the Dutch employee insurance agency) may no longer refuse an employer a work permit for an asylum seeker if an asylum seeker will work more than 24 weeks per year.

The case comes after an asylum seeker with a work permit worked for an employer for 24 weeks. Both the asylum seeker and his employer wanted to continue working together after the employment contract had ended. The UWV rejected the application for a new work permit because the employee would then work more than the maximum permitted 24 weeks in a period of 52 weeks. 

Temporary protection for third country nationals from Ukraine ends on 4 September 2023 | Dutch Gov |
News item | 29-08-2023 | 15:50

As of 4 September 2023, the Temporary Protection Directive for fugitives from Ukraine will no longer apply to third country nationals who hold a temporary residence permit in Ukraine. This measure will affect approximately 2,900 people. Once the temporary protection has ended, they can either apply for asylum or must leave the Netherlands within 28 days after 4 September. This process will take place in stages.

Update: Third-country nationals are permitted to remain in the Netherlands until the Council of State issues a final ruling on the appeal. The State Secretary for Justice and Security announced this in a letter to the House of Representatives on 2 September 2023. Third-country nationals will receive a letter from the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) regarding this decision. They also retain the right to accommodation, living allowance and employment.

Sta­te Se­cre­ta­ry block­ed from re­turning asylum see­k­ers to Ita­ly | Council of State - 26 April 2023 |

The State Secretary for Justice and Security is no longer permitted to return to Italy asylum seekers who would normally be sent back under the European Dublin Regulation. The reason: the Italian authorities are unable to provide reception for them owing to the lack of reception facilities. Without reception, there is a genuine risk that their basic needs, such as shelter, food and running water, will not be met, which is a human rights violation. The Administrative Law Division of the Council of State issued this ruling today (26 April 2023) in two decisions. The decisions mean the state secretary must now process asylum applications normally processed by Italy under the European Dublin Regulation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 08:47:39 PM EST
Netherlands must allow asylum seekers to more than 24 weeks per year: Council of State | NL Times - 29 Nov. 2023 |

Benefits agency UWV said it was pleased with the Council of State decision. "The ruling provides clarity for all asylum seekers and employers in the Netherlands," said a spokesperson.

The UWV was prepared for a variety of scenarios, including this outcome. "We had already begun preparations, so now we can initiate the renewal of all work permits," the spokesperson stated.

Work permits issued by the UWV to asylum seekers were based on the 24-week requirement, provided that their asylum procedure had been going on for at least six months. After the 24-week period had expired, this group had no access to the labor market for the remaining 28 weeks, which the Council of State ruled on Wednesday to be contrary to European law.

Serves the right-wing parties in Dutch politics ... VVD - PVV - FvD - JA21 ... lesson in human rights and the trust in the European Union, well certainly the Constitution and Justice. The same reason all these parties have advocated NeXiT today or in the past. Love ❤️ for Tories and Boris Johnson.

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Albania experiment

German Chancellor Scholz to examine Italy-Albania asylum deal

It's not Guantanamo, Italy's Tajani says, defending Albania migrant camps

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 29th, 2023 at 08:51:48 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2023 at 02:43:46 PM EST
PVV continues to rise to historic 47 seats in new election poll, VVD sinks further | EenVandaag - Ipsos |

In the weeks after the elections, the PVV rose sharply. Geert Wilders' party has 47 seats, 10 more than at the elections. The VVD actually drops further and comes to 18 (-6). (The 4-party coalition Rutte IV has now lost over 59% of vote and confidence.) Slight majority of VVD voters have confidence in Dilan Yeşilgöz.

Confidence in new VVD party leader Yeşilgöz is rapidly declining

Most of the new PVV seats come from people who did not vote a month ago, and from the VVD. That party loses 6 seats in a few weeks compared to the election results. Confidence in Dilan Yeşilgöz is also taking a hit. Only half (53 percent) of the people who voted for the VVD have confidence in her as party leader. A week ago this was already relatively low at 64 percent. Confidence in all other party leaders was then about 90 percent.

Many VVD voters are dissatisfied with the attitude of their leader. It has long been apparent that most VVD members see more in governing in a right-wing cabinet with the PVV than in the tolerance construction that Yeşilgöz has in mind. VVD voters call her position in the formation 'disappointing' and 'political scheming'.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 21st, 2023 at 12:44:53 PM EST

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