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The CDA continues to be in deep crisis. Recommendations for a partial reversal of the party course have leaked out, and a whole slew of party prominents, including Verhagen, have said they’re not available as party leader. Finally, the Limburg chapter threatens rebellion.
Last week NRC ran a story about how Maxime Verhagen, economics minister and de-facto CDA leader, almost never showed up for crucial meetings in his party. This story is emblematic of the severe trouble the CDA is in right now.
(Unfortunately NRC has decided that a digital archive of news stories is not necessary, even though this particular story did appear online. Therefore I can’t link to it.)
So what exactly are the problems the CDA is facing? First of all it sank like a stone in the polls. Both pollsters now agree that it’s the sixth party in the country, after VVD, PVV, SP, PvdA, and D66, with 11 or 13 seats. That’s not good for the “natural” party of government.
The past few weeks have not been easy for prime minister and CDA party leader Balkenende.
The next weeks promise to be worse.
Balkenende had his fourth government blown up beneath him by the PvdA, and the CDA was
generally seen as the culpable party. Although he was reconfirmed as party leader with remarkable
speed, he was also critcised for that from day one. Besides, one CDA prominent after another
is leaving politics.
Balkenende’s position is getting worse and worse.
In the series “I did not see this coming,“ two major leadership developments yesterday and today, one each for CDA and PvdA. Besides, one death in the family.
Some small fry that might be of interest to political observers:
Oh my, Peil.nl has published more
polls, and they consistently show that Bos’s gamble is still paying off.
Some small fry that might be interesting to political observers:
The Dutch nine-to-twelve-party system is sometimes hard to understand for foreigners;
especially when the small parties come into play. Therefore I’m going to run a mini-series
that treats all eleven parties that stand a decent chance of getting seats in the upcoming elections.
We’ll go from largest to smallest.
Today we’ll start with the largest Dutch party, the CDA.
Yesterday the first poll (PDF) since
the fall of government was released, and broadly speaking it shows that Bos’s gamble is
paying off — for now. The Dutch voters agree with him on both the policy and the politics
side, and the PvdA is gaining seats once more.
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.