Coalition partners lean so far they almost tipped the balance

The coalition partners VVD and Labour had agreed to disagree when Labour leader Diederik Samsom told a party conference recently his party would be leaning as far as it could to the left. At the same time, recent comments by VVD parliamentary leader Halbe Zijlstra showed the Dutch liberals are leaning as far as possible to … Continue reading Coalition partners lean so far they almost tipped the balance

Has the VVD lost its way: who’s in and who’s out of the Dutch liberal party

It’s been a changing of the guard for the VVD since the provincial election. Firstly the new Minister of Justice Ard van de Steur and his State Secretary Klaas Dijkhof were installed. They were reportedly not the first choice as apparently a number of candidates turned down the honour. Was it because they did not … Continue reading Has the VVD lost its way: who’s in and who’s out of the Dutch liberal party

Lies and scandals add to the public disinterest in the upcoming provincial elections

It’s not good timing for an expenses scandal just weeks before the provincial elections for the VVD. The VVD-Labour government already has to forge alliances with the opposition to get legislation through the Senate. Now it looks like the government parties will end up with an even smaller minority, as the upcoming provincial elections indirectly determine the political make-up of the Senate. If that happens, Rutte II could become a lame duck sitting out the second half of its term. Continue reading Lies and scandals add to the public disinterest in the upcoming provincial elections