Months after the Dutch general elections, which saw dramatic gains for
the populist right wing Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), a new coalition
government has finally been formed. The administration’s proposed
policies are clearly to the right and in reality are a continuation of
the previous ‘Purple’...
THE RECENT Dutch elections were nothing short of an earthquake,
expressing frustration and disappointment with the Dutch Labour Party
(PvdA). The winners were the Christian Democratic Party, which was in
government from 1918-94 (longer than the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union, as the joke goes) and the List Pim...
The extreme right Dutch politician, Pim Fortuyn, was shot dead 6 May, on
the premises of the national radio station in Hilversum. This single act
has shaken Dutch society, including the complacent Dutch establishment
who had always liked to assume that "nothing like that will happen here".