Dutch Queen calls for stability

24 09 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

In Tuesday’s speech from the throne, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands stressed the importance of a stable government and a balanced budget. She warned that the effects of the economic crisis will be felt for many years to come and that the next cabinet will have to build on the measures taken for 2011.

She also called on the public and government to continue efforts to ensure social cohesion. She stressed there has to be tolerance, give and take and a willingness to adapt. This is a clear reference to the ongoing coalition talks between the free market VVD, Christian Democrats and Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party.

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Wilders can say whatever he likes

22 09 2010

From DutchNews.nl:

Here we go again. Another controversial Geert Wilders speech is going to hang over the coalition talks like a black cloud. The last one, at New York’s Ground Zero, didn’t turn into a storm but will the next one rain on the CDA congress?, asks Yvonne Doorduyn in the Volkskrant.

On 2 October, PVV leader Geert Wilders will be travelling to Berlin to lend moral support to his German fellow anti-islam politician René Stadtkewitz. But hang on a moment, isn’t that when the CDA is having its make or break congress?

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Former VVD leader quits in protest at coalition talks

22 09 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Former minister and parliamentary leader of the conservative VVD Joris Voorhoeve has resigned his party membership. His move is in protest at the VVD holding talks with the Christian Democrats (CDA) on the formation of a minority government which will rely on support from the anti-Islamic Freedom Party (PVV).

He is against the VVD being dependent on Geert Wilders’ populist PVV, saying he does not wish to share responsibility for such a situation. Last month, he said he was against working with the PVV which he described as ‘undemocratic’.

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More divisions emerge between coalition talks parties

20 09 2010

From DutchNews.nl:

One day before the outgoing government is due to present a holding budget for 2011, more divisions have emerged between the three parties in talks on forming a new cabinet.

According to the Volkskrant, the right-wing Liberals VVD want to increase the state pension age from 65 to 67 but the Christian Democrats and anti-Islam PVV will only agree to an increase to 66.

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Geert Wilders’ trial is coming soon (October 4, 2010). Last step to support him with a SITA action

20 09 2010

Via Aeneas at the International Civil Liberties Alliance:

The following is from SITAsecure:

Resuming of the trial on October 4th 2010

Monday October 4, Wednesday October 6 and Friday October 8
Substantive handling criminal proceedings against Mr. Wilders

Tuesday October 12
Indictment by the prosecutors.

Friday October 15
Plea of the defense by Mr. Wilders

Tuesday October 19
Rejoinder and reply

Tuesday November 2
Ruling in prosecution by the court (verdict).

In the netherlands Power and Justice  delayed the trial as much as possible to try to break the huge national and international movement to support Geert Wilders. Let’s not forget that it refused 15 of the 18 witnesses that Geert wanted to invite and the 3 selected will be heard out of camera. And most importantly they refused to Geert protection they had given to the murderer of Theo Van Gogh during his trial by pretending to think that if anything happened to him he  deserved it. All the more reason to send regular letters to the judges of this court worthy of Stalinist trials.

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More infighting among Dutch Christian Democrats

18 09 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

In a bizarre twist to the difficult coalition negotiations for a rightwing minority cabinet, it has been revealed that Dutch Christian Democrat party chairman Henk Bleker at one point wanted to break off the talks.

The revelations were made by ex-negotiator Ab Klink in regional Dutch newspapers. The chairman of the CDA party initially agreed with Mr Klink that the negotiations were heading in the wrong direction and that there were great risks in relying on the anti-Islam Freedom Party for majority support.

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Cabinet negotiations to take two more weeks

17 09 2010

Via DutchNews.nl:

Talks between the right-wing Liberals, Christian Democrats and anti-Islam PVV on forming a new government are likely to take a further two weeks, sources in The Hague have told news agency ANP.








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