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Danes/Finns/Dutch/Belgian Elections: Backtrack, or Popular will for Change including true Rightists?

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 05 June 2019

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Recent Elections in Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, etc., triggered various Controversial Comments : What's really going on ?

Contrary to MisLeading recent claims about an alleged Backtracking of Voters towards "Socialist"/Left Parties, Facts show that People strive to reach Real and More Change, mainly through various stronger, new or revovated atypical Rightist Parties, and potential Allies of the Right/Center-right :

=> F.ex., Today's Danish Election is part of such Recent Moves, as well as, mutatis-mutandis, those, in the Netherlands (EU), Belgium, Finland, etc., in one way or another.

>>> At this Crucial Moment, when the Political InFight for the Important Choices of New EU's and CoE's Leaderships, for the Next 5 Years (2019-2024), is notoriously becoming, suprisingly "Hoter" than expected, it's Obvious that Most among those Misleading Claims (Comp. Supra) are Exploited for such Petty Partisan Interests, so that it has become Necessary for Democracy in Europe nowadays to carefully seek, Find and establish the Truth on such Topical Issues as Recent Elections.

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* DENMARK : Indeed, despite the Noise currently made by some around "Socialists" in Denmark, in Fact, the Biggest Winner in this Danish Election is the ...traditional Party of the Right with Rasmussen : "Venstre", who won + 9 MPs More than it had before !

In Comparison, the "Socialists" get Only 1 MP more than what they already had...

 + In Addition, the "Conservatives" Win also +6 MPs More, a "New Right" Party Wins +4 MPs, and even Farow Islands' "Union" Party gets a +1 MP more, (etc), while "Danish People"'s Rightists still keep 16 MPs.

Thus, the Centrists of "Radikale Venstre"', with +8 more MPs, and even the Left-leaning "Socialist/Greens" with +7 MPs, are Not enough in order to seriously Modify the overall situation in any sustainable way...

So, what Really happened ?

>>> In Fact, converging indications point towards a Disatisfaction of Citizens vis a vis a perceived Opportunism of Center-Right "Liberal Alliance", (who Lost - 9 MPs Today), and an  alleged "Laxist" trend in "DP"'s Former "Rightists", (who Lost - 21 MPs now), after Years in Coalition with the Governing Traditional Right of the Establishment.

=> Indeed, this becomes even more Obvious by the Succesful Creation and Nowadays Development of anOther, brand "New Right" Party, of even More Convinced "Rightists", which Started by Winning, Today, + 4 MPs, for the First Time !

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* FINLAND : What is happening Nowadays in Denmark (Comp. Supra), looks, indeed, (mutatis-mutandis), as Part of a Wider, Recent Trend in European People to "Punish" politically those who are perceived as "Betraying", UnWilling or UnAble to boost the popular Rightists' main Principles :

=> The most Obvious Recent Example of that phenomenon, is the Spectacular Electoral ...Catastrophe, on April 2019, of All those 20 MPs and Ministers, originally from the atypical Rightist Party "Real Finns"' , who had Earlier Split Away from their Party, in order to Stick to an Out-Going Coalition Government led by Establishment's Traditional politicians, by fabricating a makeshift "Reformist" Party :

>>> When the Time came for a People's Vote (on 14/4/2019's National Elections), they were ALL Wiped Out by Finland's Citizens, Unable to Elect Any MP (sic !), and condemned to get Only ...Less than One per cent of the Votes : 0,97% !

On the Contrary, the Faithful Wing of the "Real Finns" atypical Rightist Party, on April 2019 Elections, not only Won Back all those +20 MP Seats from which it had been provisionaly deprived by that Secession, (Comp. Supra), but, Morever, it Even Advanced further, among others, also by Gaining anOther More MP Seat now !

So that those ReVigorated "Real Finns", Now clearly Confirmed their stable Position at a Rank Equivalent to that of the ...1st Party of the Country, (with 39 instead of 40 MPs, and a "difference" of Votes of Only ... -0,24%) !

From a Democratic Principles' point of view, the Political Situation has become so Strange, that a Party continuously Voted by the People at the Top Rank for a 3rd Time in a Row (2011, 2015, 2019), might be Still Excluded from a Government Coalition exclusively composed by Traditional Establishment's Parties, which have Not Yet been able to put it into place until this June...

Which were the main Causes of what Happened in those Latest Elections (Comp. Supra) ?

Many commentators have Notoriously pointed, inter alia, particularly at a Recent big Scandal, revealed on December 2018 - January 2019, about Dozens of Children, mainly Young Girls, having been Sexually Harassed and often Raped, repeatedly, and/or by Groups of Aggressors, (reportedly, once even ..."Inside a Mosque"), mainly composed by Non-European Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants having arrived  inside Europe through Turkey since 2015-2018+, so Horribly ill-Treated that  Recently at least one of those Children Victims (a very Young Girl) reportedly Committed Suicide !

(It's the infamous, Recent "Oulu (City) Child Sexual_Exploitation Scandal" in Finland, which Followed the more Notorious "Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation Scandal", earlier in the UK, that still continues to make Many Condemnations in British Courts).

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* NETHERLANDS :  But Finland's case of Horrible Child Abuse (Comp. Supra), is Not the Only main Reason for which, Nowadays, European People become particularly attached to certain atypical, original "Rightist" New Parties. A relevant Recent Case in the Netherlands, helps make that point clear :


Many Noise was Recently made, Notoriously, at Establishment's Medias, about an alleged "Triomphe" of "Socialist" Candidate to EU Commission's Head, Mr. Timmermans, at the Latest EU Parliament's Elections in the Netherlands, held Earlier than others, since 23 May 2016.

Naturally, pushed also by the Extra Publicity given by his Candidacy for the "Socialist" Group of EU Parliament, he, indeed, managed to arrive 1st in those Elections in his own Fatherland, (for the first time)... Thus, he got +3 MEPs More than Before.

- But, many Other Facts, clearly show that, the Real Situation in the Netherlands is Far Away from what Mr. Timmerman's lobby abusively claims :

=> Indeed, Win +3 MEPs in the Latest EU Election, is an exploit achieved Not Only by the "Socialists", but Also by the New ..."Rightist" Party of the "Forum for Democracy" (FvD), headed by Derk Jan Eppink, who got also +3 MEPs, for the first time !

+ In Addition, the "Conservative-Liberal" Party "VVD" also Won anOther + 1 MEP more than before..., while the Other Rightists, (Members of EU Parliament's "Conservative" Group "ECR"), of "CU-SGP", with Peter van Dalen, managed, at least, to still Keep their 2 MEPs, and Center-Right ChristianDemocrats/EPP Group's members of the "CDA", led by Esther de Lange, were able too keep a least 5 out of 6 among their MEPs, (etc).

=> In these Conditions, it's Not just ... One (+1) MEP Alone, added to the "Greens-EFA", (while, on the Contrary, Centrist Liberals of Sophie in't Veld's "D66" ...Lost - 2 MEPs !), who might, eventually, change anything... So, How could Mr. Timmermans, eventually, get a Majority for his side ? Perhaps, only with Anja Hazekamp's 1 MEP for her "Party for the Animals" (sic) ?...

>>> However, in Fact, what is More Important, in these 2019 Dutch EU Elections is Not Mr. Timmermans, but, on the Contrary, what happened now with the Rightist Party of the Country, Geert Wilders' famous "Freedom Party" ("PVV") :

- Suddenly, while it had Succesfully participated in Various Other Elections during many Years, until now, Wilders' "Freedom Party" was ...Totally Excluded in the Latest EU Parliament's Election, where, UnExpectedly, he didN't get Not even one (1) MEP !

- Why such a Big Surprise ?

It seems that there are, at least, 2 concurring Relevant New Facts, which could have been the real Causes for that event :

(A) First, "PVV"'s overall Credibility among Rightists, apparently Suffered by the UnPrecedented Revelation, (with a lot of Publicity, obviously politically Exploited), of the Fact that a Former MP of that Party, and alleged former Close Assistant to Wilders himself : Joram van Klaveren, had Recently ... "Converted" to Islam (sic !), and was even Becoming a Publicist making positive Propaganda for the ...Coran, (in a Book reportedly due to be Published asap) !

Even if van Klaveren had already Left the "PVV" Party since 2014, (precisely on an alleged Disagreement with Wilders about Morrocan Muslim Migrants), followed by a Failed Attempt to Launch a New Party, for which, Nobody Voted, and nonobstant the fact that Wilders Now expressed his "Surprize" for such a Convertion on 2019, by calling it Synonymous, f.ex., to "a Vegan seekig a Job at a Slaughterhouse" (sic !), Nevertheless, the Mediatic Exploitation of such an event, obviously, Harmed the "Freedom Party" in these 2019 EU Elections.

Naturaly, here, the Reason for Droping the "PVV" Party, was Not in order to Abandon its main Ideas and Principles, but, on the Conrary, in order to Stress that they Must be Respected.

(B) However, such a Total Exclusion of PVV, with, Suddenly, Not even 1 MEP elected, (instead of 2 or 3, as it had been expected before that), could Not be All Due Only to that Incident, given also that, obviously, any Islamic Lobby might easily Pay a Failed former-politician, meanwhile gone broke, to eventually Harm his Former Boss, with whom he had, already, Quarrelled in the Past...

=> Thus, there should, also, be Something Else, and, perhaps, even More Important, in order to Convince all those People who always Supported Wilders' "Freedom Party", to, Suddenly, Drop it Massively on 2019 EU Elections :

>>> Indeed, Facts clearly show that, almost at the Same Time, it's even a New Competitor Rightist Party, that of the "Forum for Democracy" ("FvD"), set up by Thierry Baudet, which had just Started to Compete Elections in the Netherlands, aiming, First of all, to offer an Alternative at the Right side of the Political Spectrum.

+  But, it also adds a Critical Analysis of the Political System, Denouncing the current Representative Democracy as a mechanism for Political Parties to Share Power among them, Over the Head of the People, so that it Asks for more Direct Democracy, with binding Referenda, Direct Election of Prime Minister and Mayors, a Government of Elected APolitical Civil Servants instead of Ministers, (etc).

=> I.e., simply showing that People don't want, no more, to stay Limited into Only Protecting their Security and Defending their Country's Historic/Cultural Identiy, etc., by Opposing Islamist Terrorism and Non-European Mass Migration, etc., But Also to Seek an Amelioration and Development of their Living Conditions, by some Positive, Proactive Policies of their Choice.

So, that kind of Replacement of one Rightist Party by anOther, judged by the People (rightfully or wrongly : it's not for us to tell, for the time being) as More Efficient or Productive, is just a normal aspiration for Citizens towards what they believe to be a Better Reply to the Problems provoked to their lives and/or to all the Society at large by a Questionable or Failing political Establishment. The Future will tell whether this, or that way, was, indeed, the More Efficient in order to Make things Change for the Better.

Meanwhile, a any case, the Greater Number of Dutch MEPs stand at the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, (13 compared to 11 for the Left), Even if one counted "ALDE"'s Sophie in't Veld among the latter : Something which is Not Obvious at all...

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*BELGIUM : Dealing with such a "Hot" European Issue, what's Best than to Conclude right at the Heart of Belgium, in Brussels ?

There, a National Election with a Surprizing outcome, Symbolically took place On the 26th of May 2019, i.e. the very Same Day for most Votes in the European Elections, (whose Results, particularly concerning Belgium, were Even More Surprizing, and in the Same Direction : See Infra) :

- While most Estabishment's Medias were routinelly Extending, there too, their Blind Leit-Motiv Claim about a so-called "Socialist" Come-Back, (obviously peppered with a Mr. Timmerman's reference someplace...), mixed with a "Green" Wave, almost Everywhere they could Find Incredulous Naive, massively captive auditors, to Listen only to them, (and, here too, this had a Small Part of Truth, with a Leftist Party and 2 Tiny "Greens" getting, indeed, More Votes than before, at the French-Speaking side of Belgium),

>>> Nevertheless, the Real Big Thing, unquestionably was that Huge Surge of the "Rightist" Party "Vlaams Belang", of Tom van Grieken, which Won the Largest Growth of People's Votes in this 2019 Election : +15 MPs More than Before !

Comparatively, Only the Leftist, former "Communist" (ex-Maoist-inspired in the Past), "Workers' Party", of Peter Mertens, mainly at the French-Speaking region, also Won some +10 MPs More than Before. (Ie. Revealing an ..."Italy-like", "Rightist+Leftist" Paradox, mutatis-mutandis visible also, in Various Forms, f.ex. in the French "Yellow Jackets", or, mutatis-mutandis, even at US President Don Trump's landmark Inauguration Speech at Ohio's Cleveland City, back on July 2016, etc). But those Leftists got Only about 8% of the Votes, while the Rightists got 12%.

For the Rest, just 2 Small "Green" Parties, also at the French-speaking Region of Wallonie, Won a bit Less : +7 and +2 MPs More than Before, But with Tiny Scores of 6% of the Votes each, Headed by Zakia Khatabbi and Meyrem Almaci.

All Other Parties (and they are Many : Small and Big) curiously  LOST (more or less) MP Seats in this Strange 2019 Belgium's Election : Particularly those which were Closer to the Traditional Establishment, as, f.ex., the Flamish Nationalists of Bart de Wever's "N-VA" ( - 8 MPs Less than before), "the "Reformists" of current Prime Minister Charles Michel, ( - 6 MPs Less), ou the ChristianDemocrats of Wouter Beke (also - 6 MPs), the Flamish "Socialist" Party of John  Crombez ( - 4 MPs Less), as well as Wallonia's "Socialists" of Elio di Rupo ( - 3 MPs Less), etc.

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=> In such a new Situation, inevitably, the Question Number 1, after that Election, appeared to be (as several Medias noted) whether a Controversial "Boycott"-like Isolation in the Past of those Rightists of "Vlaams Belang" (Comp. Supra), which had, Until Now, a priori Excluded them from any possible Alliance for a New Government, will be, at last, Droped for the Future, or not yet...

>>> This Topical Question was, particularly, raised, First of all, to the Biggest Party of the Country : the Flamish Conservatives of Bart De Wever (25 MPs, with more of 16 % of the Votes), who reportedly Agreed, Now, that an Eventual Coalition with those Rightists of "Vlaams Belang", (18 MPs, and 12% of the Votes), has to be Examined, (while also Claiming that he had Never Officially endorsed any kind of Boycott in the Past)...

+ Together, those 2 Biggest Parties of the Country have got now More than + 28 % of the Votes, and 43 MPs, (while All Other Parties Only got Less than 10% each : from 9% to 2% of the Votes, and just 20 to 2 MPs each). This Fact makes an eventual Coalition new Government with those 2 Frontrunners, (i.e. the Rightists of "VB" included), Obviously, the most Easy Solution for the formation of a new Coalition Government.

=> For that purpose, (and given also the "Hard" Precedent of ...351 Days of Delays in order to prepare a Coalition Government, Back on 2010-2011 in Belgium, that many Reminded also now), the King Philippe met with All Political Leaders, (including, this time, even of "Vlaams Belang"'s Rightists', for the 1st Time since ...1936 !), and gave an official Mission of "Information" to Experienced, mainstream Top Politicians Lanotte ("Socialist") and Reynders ("Reformist"/ChristianDemocrat-EPP), with a significantly Short Time Deadline for their Report, expected, precisely ...Tomorrow : on 6 June 2019.

>>> Didier Reynders' opinion, (Many Times Minister, incl. on Foreign affairs, Defence, Economy, etc, and vice-Prime Minister), is particularly awaited by European/PanEuropean/International Observers, as, by a Timely Coincidence, he is, Nowadays, also a Frontrunner Candidate (among 2) for the Top Job of PanEuropean CoE's new Secretary General, for a Period of at leas 5 Years, during 2019-2024, starting from the Autumn, but according to a Crucial Election Vote, scheduled at CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, precisely on this ...June 2019, i.e. just a few Weeks time from Now !

The point is that 47 Member Countries-strong (including Russia+), and Strasbourg-based CoE, (that Reynders has already Chaired, for 6 Months, in the Recent Past, during Belgium's Rotating Presidency of its Committee of Ministers : Comp. f.ex. Reynders' reply to "Eurofora" Question published at ...., etc), holds a Strong and Specific Reputation as being the PanEuropean Organisation (also with a growing Global out-Reach in certain areas, including a Special Status even for the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, etc) for Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law :

=>  In consequence, His Opinion,(particularly on the Crucial Issue of the Inclusion or Exclusion of the Winner "Rightist" Party "Vlaams Belang" of Van Grieken, in Negotiations for a New Coalition Government in Belgium : Comp. Supra), is due to have a Special Impact, throughout all Europe.

This could, obviously, become even More Important, also in real Practice, obviously, if Reynders might be, eventually, elected, soon, in Strasbourg, as New CoE's Secretary General, before the End of June, by the PanEuropean Organisation's Assembly, where he faces an important competition by his Collegue, also Foreign and Europe Minister, as well as vice-Prime Minister of Croatia, Mariya Pejcinovic - Buric, who has also a Recent Experience as former CoE's President-in-office, (Comp. Buric's reply to "Eurofora"'s questions, inter alia, f.ex., also at: ..., etc), and whose Country will take over, also, EU's rotating Presidency, from January 2020.   

+ [NB : Partly UPDATED] Meanwhile, Reynders has reportedly just presented a first version of his Report to the Belgian King (Comp. Supra), but this wasn't judged sufficient in order to settle all the manifold aspects of the issue of how (and when) to form a New Government, so that King Philippe decided to Extend Reynders' and Lanotte's Mission as "Informators", until, at least, June 17.

>>> But Reynders, reportedly, Warned, in a Press Conference in Brussels, earlier Today, that, at any case, one thing is certain : -  Nowadays, it's No more Possible to Repeat, even the slightest part of that too Long Delay of ...531 Days in Negotiations for a New Coalition Government in Belgium, as Back on 2010-2011. Neither the Economy, nor the Social and Political Situation of Today "does Not Allow such Long Delays", no more, he stressed, After Consulting several key peuple.]

=> Efficiency, as well as Democracy, apparently Need to simply Respect People's freely expressed Verdict, and Include, Nowadays, in Coalition Government Negotiations also the main Political Parties that the Citizens have chosen, withOut abusive Exclusions.  

 

 

 

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(Van Grieken's GirlFriend had, reportedly, Chosen this interesting "Legendary" Song to Welcome the VB's Fans just after their landmark Win ! Someone in that Rock Music Group reportedly claimed that they didn't know, and hadn't endorsed that, but others feel that, at any case, it's a fact that this Music "Fits" quite well many People's Mood)... 

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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