Macerata, ordinaria follia oppure normalissimo fascismo?
Macerata, ordinaria follia oppure normalissimo fascismo? Ovvero come si fa a distinguere un pazzo da un razzista savio? di Checchino Antonini Macerata, ordinaria follia o ordinario fascismo? Mettiamo in fila
La investidura de Puigdemont y las tensiones del independentismo
La investidura de Puigdemont y las tensiones del independentismo Martí Caussa El martes día 30 por la mañana Roger Torrent, presidente del Parlament y miembro de ERC, aplazó el pleno que debía investir Puigdemont
Catalogne : construire de la base ce que le sommet nous refuse
Catalogne : construire de la base ce que le sommet nous refuse par Txetx Etcheverry* Quoi qu’on pense de l’indépendance de la Catalogne, le processus catalan est quelque chose de passionnant à étudier pour
D’où viennent les fonds vautours ?
D’où viennent les fonds vautours ? par CADTM L’activité financière basée sur le recouvrement de créances rachetées à bas prix n’est pas l’apanage de la période moderne |1|. Concomitamment à
“Sellouts in the Room:” Éric Toussaint on the Greek Debt Crisis and SYRIZA Capitulation
“Sellouts in the Room:” Éric Toussaint on the Greek Debt Crisis and SYRIZA Capitulation by Eric Toussaint , Michael Nevradakis ATHENS, GREECE – For years, throughout the severe economic crisis that has plagued
República catalana: Documental
República catalana: Documental "El primer dia d’octubre" produït per la Directa - Agència UO Υπότιτλοι Γαλλικά - Αγγλικά
OCTOBER 1917-2017 (Part 2)
OCTOBER 1917-2017 (Part 2) From a decolonial Communism to the democracy of the Commons: The ‘Soviet century’ – in the turmoil of the ‘permanent revolution’ By Catherine Samary 3- From the Cuban ‘great deb
OCTOBER 1917-2017 (part 1)
OCTOBER 1917-2017 (Part 1) From a decolonial Communism to the democracy of the Commons: The ‘Soviet century’ – in the turmoil of the ‘permanent revolution’ By Catherine Samary But when it comes to the natur
Les trop brèves convergences de la Révolution russe et de l’écologie scientifique
Les trop brèves convergences de la Révolution russe et de l’écologie scientifique Daniel Tanuro  16 janvier 1919. La guerre civile bat son plein. Les troupes blanches de l’amiral Koltchak ont franchi l’O
República Catalana: Manifestació del 7 de desembre a Brussel·les
República Catalana: Manifestació del 7 de desembre a Brussel·les Més de 45.000 catalans han ocupat aquest dijous la capital administrativa d’Europa, Brussel·les. El lema de la manifestació, Wake up, Europe (Des
I AM A CATALAN - OMNIUM CULTURAL
I AM A CATALAN - OMNIUM CULTURAL Freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. These are Europe’s founding values. Values that were achieved at great cost. Values that are under attack right now. Catalonia has al
Entrevista a Albano Dante Fachin:
Entrevista a Albano Dante Fachin: "Catalunya Sí que Es Pot, en su programa electoral, hablaba de “procesos constituyentes no subordinados”, aunque ahora no se acuerde nadie" Pablo Castaño Abaix "Es presenta el ma
Golpe de Estado desde el Estado
Golpe de Estado desde el Estado Josep Maria Antentas 1. Golpe de Estado impulsado por el propio Estado. Ésta es la manera más sencilla de definir la batería de medidas que el gobierno de Mariano Rajoy, con el apoyo
Centenary of the Russian Revolution and the Repudiation of Debt
Centenary of the Russian Revolution and the Repudiation of Debt 23 October by Eric Toussaint Based on El Lissitsky, “Beat the whites with the red wedge”, 1919 In February 1918, the repudiation of the debt by the S

Αναζήτηση

The Dutch elections: Very little reason to celebrate

by Mathijs van de Sande

2017 03 20 01 Dutch electionsThis is ridiculous. Avaaz is circulating a petition to thank the "Dutch people" (whoever that may be) for "choosing hope, unity, and dialogue over hate, fear and old fascist rhetoric." They even claim that, "by rejecting Geert Wilders you've helped stop the rise of the far right everywhere." More generally, the coverage of these elections in the international press has been a complete disaster.

So: a quick note to my international friends, just to make sure that you all know what IS going on in the Netherlands, at the moment.

First of all: to my great regret, the Dutch voters did NOT reject Geert Wilders. He actually GAINED five seats in parliament. It is true that, for a long time, polls predicted that he would win a much greater number of votes (and possibly even win the elections). Instead, Wilders' PVV came in second. But his power in parliament did increase, and so it's a grave exaggeration to state that he was 'rejected.'

Second, the reason why Wilders won less seats than expected, is because the right-liberal VVD (which is led by prime minister Mark Rutte) has largely adopted Wilders' racist and islamophoc discourse. The recent conflict with the Turkish government also helped Rutte to present himself as a 'tough' leader who is willing to make controversial decisions at the expense of cultural (/islamic) minorities in the Netherlands. More generally, during its electoral campaigns the VVD has tried to promote itself as a more benign and more competent alternative to Wilder's populist party. But its views on migration, cultural diversity, systemic racism, or the current refugee crisis are hardly more progressive or inclusive than Wilders'. The VVD has closely collaborated with the PVV in the past (did I mention that Wilders was one of the VVD's most prominent MP's, before he left to found his own party?), and I'm sure that they will do so again in the future, whenever it serves their interests. So, again, Rutte's electoral victory can hardly be read as a 'rejection' of the PVV.

Finally, many international media have failed to notice that the parliamentary left now has reached an all time low. All leftist parties combined (and I'm using the term 'left' in the broadest possible sense) have only 46 seats (out of 150). Most significantly, the social-democratic PvdA (which has always been one of the major parties since WWII), has lost 29 seats. The socialists have lost one as well. The Greens gained a significant number of seats (they went from 4 to 14), but that is much less than all left parties combined have lost. Also, it should be noticed that Wilders' popularity has led to the rise of various other, extreme-right parties. One of them - Thierry Baudet's "Forum for Democracy" - has won two seats as well.

In short, the Dutch Parliament has never been more rightwing, nationalist, and racist than it is today. There is very little reason to celebrate - let alone to thank the "Dutch people" for "choosing hope, unity, and dialogue." What we need, in the coming years, is a militant, extra-parliamentary opposition. And not stupid petitions celebrating yet another victory of the neoliberal right.

scroll back to top