Following a year of political turmoil, the latest attempt to form a
stable coalition government in the Netherlands has fallen apart.
Alienation from the main establishment parties is marked. At the same
time, the Dutch economy has slowed down dramatically, after years of
growth and low unemployment.
As anticipated, the Dutch government consisting of the Christian
Democrats, the CDA, the liberal VVD and the hard right LPF (List Pim
Fortuyn, whose leader was shot dead last May), collapsed on the 16
October. Basically the CDA and the VVD pulled the plug on the
The Dutch general election results (22 January) were a bitter
disappointment for many members and supporters of the Socialist Party, a
broad Left party, which had been tipped to make a historic electoral
breakthrough. Instead of winning up to twenty four seats, as some polls
had predicted, the SP failed to even increase...
Around 1,000 people gathered on 17 September at The Hague in the
Netherlands to protest against the plans by the new coalition government
(which includes the populist right wing Pim Fortuyn List) and to also
protest against US war plans for Iraq.