Der Spiegel, the unreadable magazine when I was studying Deutsch in high school (I had no problem reading Bild and there was always a pretty Fraulein on the back appropriate for a saved but not sanctified teenager!), is reporting that pro-Europe parties won the most seats in the recent Dutch parliamentary elections:
The incumbent conservative-liberal VVD party has won the Dutch election, with the center-left Labor Party coming in second. The result is a show of support for the current government’s euro-crisis policies and a rejection of euroskeptic parties, with right-wing populist Geert Wilders suffering a major defeat.
Yes, I want to know that too: What is a “conservative-liberal” party? Maybe we are not even trying to pretend we have representative government in Europe!
Now Tweedledee and Tweedledum will form a government necessary to keep those pesty euroskeptics out of government:
Rutte described the VVD’s election victory as a vote of confidence in his government’s policies. The result was a call on him to continue his work, he said. The VVD has so far supported the euro-crisis policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and drastic austerity measures.
The VVD and PVDA are now expected to form a coalition that will have a stable majority in parliament, with 80 seats between them, significantly more than the 75 seats needed for a majority. In the run-up to the election, Rutte and Samsom had not ruled out such a pairing, even if it is a marriage born of necessity rather than love. “We are ready to form a stable government,” Samsom said.
So, whatever a “conservative-liberal” party is, it is now in alliance with a left-leaning Labour Party. Chancellor
Brezhnev, oops I meant Merkel, sleeps easier. Here’s two eurocrats gloating their big win:
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomed the election results. “Looks as if populist anti-Europeans are losing big time in Dutch election. Distinctly good news,” he wrote in a Twitter message. European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, a member of the VVD, said it was a “fantastic result for the Netherlands and Europe.” She added that her party could now build a cabinet that will be taken seriously in Brussels “because no anti-European party will be in power.”
Apparently, Geert Wilders tried to give the people a vision of a truly free Netherlands, free to have their own currency and free to take care of their own affairs:
The populist, right-wing Freedom Party, led by the ardently anti-European Geert Wilders, offered voters a radical alternative: abandon the union altogether. He implored the nation to stop being “slaves to Brussels” and join his mission to return to the glory days of the guilder, the old Dutch currency.
The last few days turned the tide. I am sure the Dutch were frightened into staying in the EU empire. I think it is outrageous but it shows the essential truth of my thesis: What Europe needs is a transnational liberty party! It may be the Pirates seem to be stepping up to the plate.