Political quirks

Below you find the last seven Political Quirks entries.

Formation news

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CDA, CU, D66, Formation, GL, VVD

There’s not a great deal of news about the formation. Scout Schippers, who will likely be bumped up to informer soon, will talk with VVD, CDA, D66, and GL tomorrow. She also asked parliament for more time, which she’ll likely get.

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Start of the formation

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CDA, CU, D66, Formation, GL, VVD

Today the government formation officially started. “Scout” Edith Schippers (VVD) talked to all thirteen party leaders in order to find out which coalitions they deemed most logical after the elections. Their replies are being shared openly, and give a first indication as to what’s going to happen.

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Aftermath — the European angle

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Europe

Well, that was tense, but in the end the populists lost. Good. Now let’s discuss the international consequences. (We’ll get back to domestic politics and the coalition formation later.)

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Where the Dutch elections stand right now

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Coalitions, Election results, Polls, Rutte, Wilders

With less than two days to go before the election, here’s the state of the race, with a quick introduction for the benefit of those readers tuning in only now.

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The Turkish-Dutch diplomatic row

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Aboutaleb, DENK, Turkish crisis, VVD

What first was a tense situation has now become a full-fledged diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands — a row that serves both Erdoğan and Rutte in their respective campaigns.

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Small fry 11/3

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CDA, GL, Rutte, Turkish crisis, Wilders

The election campaign remains curiously devoid of truly game-changing, or even very important, occurrences. It seems people are tired and want it to end, even if that means returning the most divided parliament in Dutch history.

Still, there’s some small fry.

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Update: Turkish minister

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Turkish crisis

As I reported recently, Turkish foreign minister Çavuşoğlu wants to hold a pro-Erdoğan in Rotterdam next Saturday. The Dutch government, and in fact all Dutch political parties except for DENK, think that’s a bad idea.

Yesterday, the owner of the venue where Çavuşoğlu was to speak cancelled the rally. Rotterdam mayor Aboutaleb confirmed this in a letter, and added that if that hadn’t happened he’d probably have cancelled the rally himself, mostly due to concerns over public order, and also because he fears increasing escalation.

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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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