Political quirks

Below you find the last seven Political Quirks entries.

Thierry, and not Geert, is the new Pim


Baudet, Wilders

Four weeks ago, on 6 May, it was fifteen years ago that Pim Fortuyn, the communist-turned-catholic, openly gay, flamboyant and luxury-loving elite newbie politician who essentially invented right-wing populism, was murdered a week before the 2002 elections. (His party went on to win 26 seats, but quickly fell apart without the leadership Fortuyn himself was supposed to bring. Wilders picked up the pieces in 2006.)

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Formation: Tjeenk Willink to the rescue


CDA, CU, D66, Formation, GL, PvdA, VVD

A surprise at the start of this week: informer Edith Schippers (VVD) resigned and parliament appointed former vice-chairman of the Council of State, former informer, and former advisor of Queen Beatrix, Herman Tjeenk Willink (PvdA) as her successor. In case his titles aren’t clear enough: he’s considered a wise statesman who’s above the current political fray.

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Formation: the current status


CDA, CU, D66, Formation, GL, VVD

The formation of the new government has reached a very vague stage where nobody is certain what is going to happen.

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Formation fail



Just in: the negotiations between VVD, CDA, D66, and GL have failed. I assume that means that CU will be swapped in for GL. The question is who’s going to get the blame.

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Small fry 9/4


Baudet, Formation, PVV, PvdA

The formation discussions are continuing slowly. Nobody expects to have anything to say for the next few weeks, and at the request of Klaver (GL) Fridays are non-negotiation days so he can spend time with his small children. I’m not sure how much the other parties like this, but they have agreed to it. Everybody is in let’s-take-this-easy mode.

Meanwhile, some snippets that might be of interest:

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Small fry; European edition


Baudet, Europe, Formation, GL, SP

Since Dutch politics are boring and predictable right now, let’s also take a look at some other occurrences.

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Article: The Times of Trouble



After a break of nearly seven years I published the sixth article in my series on Dutch political history: The times of trouble about the changes in the Dutch political landscape from 1967 to 1977.

In the end it took me about two hours to perform the final edits on the draft article that has been patiently waiting for many years. The next two articles, The three-party system (1977-1994) and The reasonable revolution (1994-2002) are also ready in a similar draft form, but after that I will have to write new material for which I only have snippets available.

So let’s say I’ll bring the story up to 2002 reasonably quickly. I don’t know what will happen after that, though. Writing these articles takes a lot of time.

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This is the political blog of Peter-Paul Koch, mobile platform strategist, consultant, and trainer, in Amsterdam. It’s a hobby blog where he follows Dutch politics for the benefit of those twelve foreigners that are interested in such matters, as well as his Dutch readers.


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