Right-wing party may benefit most from rerun of Dutch election

16 09 2010

Peter Cluskey, via the Irish Times:

HAGUE LETTER: Nearly seven months after the collapse of the Dutch coalition government, there is still no replacement

EVEN THE phlegmatic Dutch are not immune to the cult of the celebrity chef, which is why big, bald and beaming Herman den Blijker was named Culinary Mayor of Rotterdam, in an effort to modernise the troubled image of the rambling port city.

He’ll have his work cut out. In many ways, the tangled politics of Rotterdam – home to the late Pim Fortuyn, the gay right-wing politician assassinated during the 2002 elections – encapsulate the tensions that have bedevilled the creation of a replacement for the coalition government that collapsed on February 20th.

More than half the city’s population is of non-Dutch origin, and the rights and wrongs of immigration are dangerous business here. Fortuyn was the first high-profile fatality.

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