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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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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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