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Netherlands' 2017 Election: Dutch People slam "Gro-Ko", and Vote mainly at the Right

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Despite a Last-Minute "Lifting" offered by Turkey's Mediatic Provocation to the Outgoing Prime Minister Rutte, as various, German a.o. Medias note, nevertheless, Dutch People clearly Slamed the Out-Going "Gro-Ko" ("Big Coalition"), entre Center-Right Liberals and Socialists, Voting mainly for several other Parties at the Right Side of the Political Spectrum, while the Left side looks Crashed, (with the sole Exception of a Small Leftist Party in the Opposition).

 

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(+Despite a Last Minute Change, as Polls show, probably with that Turkish row)


Indeed, the Biggest Losses, (Both in Votes and in MPs) are Inflicted to the Out-Going Government's abnaturaly co-habitating Parties of Center-Right Liberal VVD (Rutter) and Socialistdemocrat PvdA, which Lost about - 6,5 % and - 20% of Votes, with almost - 10 and - 20 MPs Less than Before, (Compared to the Previous Elections of 2012), respectively, (See also Infra).

Thus, a Former Governing, abnatural "GroKo" Cohabitating Majority, in the Past (2012) of 51,3% of Votes and 78 MPs, Fell Down, Now, (on 2017), to a Minority of Less than 27% of Votes, and Only 41 MPs.

On the Contrary, Both the Rightists of PVV (Wilders, who Become the 2nd Party of the Country), ChristianDemocrats of CDA, Democrats of D66, (who were All in a Right-leaning Opposition, le), Win much More Votes and MPs than before : I.e. About More than +3%, +4%, +4% supplementary Votes, and around +5, +6, +7 more MPs. This Popular Movement towards the Right, Extends even Further, with also the Christian Union of CU, and the Two New Conservative Parties of FvD and VNL, which Gain about +0,4%, +2%, and +0,5% More than before, Winning around +1 and +2 More MPs, respectively, while another Right-wing Party : SGP, remains Stable.


This Rightward Movement represents, Today, approximatively : More than 13%, 12%, 11% Voters, for the Rightists of PVV (Wilders), ChristianDemocrats ofCDA, and Democrats of D66, with about 20, 19 and 19 MPs, respectively. Extending also to about 3,5%, 2,5%, 2% and 0,5% of Votes, and 6, 3, 2 MPs,  for Christians of CU, and various Conservatives of SGP, FvD, and VNL, respectively. I.e a Total of More than 46% of Votes, and almost 70 MPs, i.e. a Total of Rightward Opposition Parties approaching now Near to the Dutch Parliament's Half.


=> Obviously, If the Out-going Center-Right Liberal VVD Party (of Rutte), Agreed a Coalition with them, then, Today, the Netherlands could be Governed, Today, with a very Strong Majority at the Right side of the Political Spectrum, Totaling More than 66% of the People's Votes, and More than 90 MPs ! (Compared to Only 75 for the Out-Going, abnatural, former "GroKo").


On the Contrary, the Left Side of the Political Spectrum appears Crashed, with the Co-Governing Socialdemocrats of PvdA  Falling Down spectacularly, from about 25% to Only 5,5% of Votes, and from 38 to Only 9 or 8 MPs, while even the Opposition's Socialist Party SP Fell Down from 9,7% to 9% of Votes, and from 15 to 14 MPs only.


The Unique Exception, Leftwards, is the Atypical "Green" Party GL (Opposition), which Grew up to almost 9% of Votes and perhaps 14 MPs.
But a new, ...Turkish Party attempting to gather Migrants (Denk), Fails to Reach 3% of Votes Predicted by Polls, Staying at Only about 2%, (i.e. almost Equal to the New Conservative Party FvD, which gets also almost 2% of the Votes).


However, Two Differend, Special Interests' Parties, such as the BioEthical pro-Animal Rights PvdD, and the pro-Elders 50+, Grew Up to about 3,3% and 3,2% of Votes, with around 6 and 5 MPs each, (which, apparently, seem Closer to the Right than to the Left).


+ Last, but Not Least, anOthert Characteristic Phenomenon in these Dutch Elections of March 2017, is that, in Territorial terms, Appears a Spectacular kind of political Division of the Country, between a more Centrist or Center-Left Part, rather towards the South-Eastern area, (Facing the UK Coasts and Closer to Belgium), and anOther, more at the Right (or even Rightist : PVV + CDA + SGP, etc) Part, located mainly at the North-Eastern areas, (Closer to Denmark and/or Germany).

 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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