Political quirks

Below you find the last seven Political Quirks entries.

PVV to run in Rotterdam local elections


DENK, FvD, Local elections, PVV

Geert Wilders’s PVV is going to run in Rotterdam’s local elections, but messed up with selecting its local leader. The first item is bigger news than you might think. The second item isn’t — it’s typical of the total lack of vetting that characterises the PVV.

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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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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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