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article imageNew Dutch coalition in sight, influenced by Geert Wilders

By R. C. Camphausen     Oct 1, 2010 in Politics
Den Haag - After 7 months under a care-taker cabinet, it seems that the Netherlands are close to getting a new government over the coming weekend, one which anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has said will bring a 'new wind' blowing across the Low Countries.
Opposition parties in the Netherlands were quick to denounce the now envisioned coalition government as a "coalition of fear," (according to a Dutch paper) while the Earth Times reports that Mr. Wilders said during a joint press conference with the Liberals and Christian Democrats "I am proud that I can stand here and tell all voters: you have made sure that a new wind will blow in the Netherlands."
The three major players in the proposed government are Mark Rutte of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Maxime Verhagen of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and Geert Wilders of the People's Party for Freedom (PVV). However, the future premier, Mark Rutte, and his coalition partner Verhagen can only rely on only 52 seats between them, in a parliament of 150 votes, and their minority government will therefore need the 24 seats of Wilders' PVV in order to realize many attempts at new legislation.
Even then, those combined 76 votes are a marginal majority only, and it remains to be seen if and for how long this government can and will be able to function. After many an attempt to form different coalitions, talks have been ongoing since the elections in June, this minority option was the only choice considering that neither left nor center aligned parties wanted to govern with the PVV, nor with the CDA who's previous premier, Balkenende, has led more than one government that broke down before their time.
Saturday is an important day because several thousand CDA members will gather at a special conference during which they'll have to approve the proposed coalition deal. While there's no dissent within the VVD and PVV, not all CDA members of parliament are happy with the PVV and it's influence under the present agreement.
This agreement, which is what Wilders refers to as the new wind, envisions a ban of the burqa in public, a 50 percent reduction of immigration by non-Western foreigners and other measures which, according to the future premier, will "give the country back to the working Dutch citizen."
Consult the following DJ articles for more background on Geert Wilders, his PVV and his anti-Islamic stance that will even see him in court next week for alleged hate-speech:
Islam and You - The Politics of Geert Wilders, Radical imam wants beheading of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, Dutch anti-Islam politician Wilders speaks at 9/11 NYC rally, Anti-jihadist film Fitna screened at Capitol LBJ Room.
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