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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dutch politicians began to masquerade as skeptics

Party system of the Netherlands began to adopt the rhetoric of their opponents, opposing Association of the EU with Ukraine, against migration and even for an exit from the EU. In reality, however, the Dutch elite had already decided to not care about the opinion of their own voters: too many signs that changed just their campaign rhetoric, but not beliefs.

The Christian Democrats of the Netherlands intend to break the agreement with Ukraine in case of victory on forthcoming parliamentary elections. About this stated the head of “Christian democratic appeal” of sibrand van Haersma Buma.

“The ruling party in the face of Prime Minister Mark Rutte suddenly preoccupied with the problems of Islamisation”

Elections in the Netherlands, which is scheduled for March 15, characterized by the growing frustration of the Dutch in the European project. According to experts, these and trying to take advantage of Boma – the leader of the “system” (and the ruling in the years 2002-2010) of the party, pulling votes away from the radical Geert Wilders. Today, the freedom Party, Wilders is leading in the presidential race, she tipped 24-28 seats in the new Parliament. We will remind, the freedom Party advocates a referendum on secession of the Netherlands from the EU. For eurosceptics should the people’s party for freedom and democracy, the current Prime Minister Mark Rutte 23-27, mandates , and “Christian democratic appeal” is in third place with 15-19 seats.

“Toss in the trash”

In the recent televised debate Buma said that if he became Prime Minister of the Netherlands, “would have thrown in the trash” the draft agreement on EU Association with Ukraine. The government should listen to the opinion of the people who voted against the signing of the Treaty in a referendum in April last year, said Bouma. We will remind, in spite of this, the lower house of the Parliament of the Kingdom has already approved the agreement.

Despite the fact that the centre-right CDA is one of the traditional parties is part of the European people’s party, its leader, began to depart from the usual proposalso position, drifting in the direction of euroscepticism. In particular, Buma also said that other countries will follow the UK voted in a referendum for secession from the organization if the EU will not change its policy.

The local newspaper EUobserver poignantly observed that Buma increasingly slipping into populist slogans.

Buma also spoke against increasing the quotas for the admission of refugees to the Netherlands and the increase in military expenditure of the country to the NATO required 2% of GDP, criticized Brussels for a ban on the promotion of members of national business. Their applications Buma has already won comparisons with the head of the freedom party of Wilders.

“Dutch voters are not so stupid and gullible”

Research fellow, Center for European studies IMEMO, expert in the Netherlands Anastasia Nevskaya noted that the Netherlands has seriously strengthened the positions of the right of freedom Party, and it was a surprise to all political forces.

“In recent months, and “Christian democratic appeal”, and the current ruling people’s party for freedom and democracy, and the labor Party in one way or another trying to gain the support of voters, drawing attention to himself. This happens primarily due to the fact that the main Dutch politicians adopt the rhetoric and slogans of the freedom Party, adapting them for themselves”,said the expert newspaper VIEW.

In her opinion, the whole conditional eurosceptic rhetoric on the part of Dutch politicians is a desperate attempt to somehow bring the flue to the right of the voters, but strategic continue all of these campaign promises will not have and the course of parties will not change.

However, according to Nevskaya, the Dutch voter is not so stupid and gullible to accept a Bang of a sharp change in the rhetoric, and the steady growth of a rating of Party of freedom proof. “Let me remind you that the January ruling in the Netherlands people’s party for freedom and democracy in the face of Prime Minister Mark Rutte suddenly actively concerned about the problems of Islamization and illegal immigration, but it has not added their political weight”,she added.

Europhiles “change” skeptics

Political scientist, Director of the Center for Eurasian studies Vladimir Kornilov reminded that initially in the referendum, the Christian Democrats actively supported the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU, urging people to vote for him. “Then, when the referendum was won by the eurosceptics, “Christian democratic appeal” Frank began trading with his electorate”,said the expert.

In his opinion, the leaders of the CDA realized that in the course of the election campaigns for mainstream parties it is foolish to oppose the will of their own people. “A week ago at the meeting of the lower house of Parliament, the CDA voted against the ratification of this agreement”,said the analyst.

At the same time, Kornilov believes that the fate of eurosocial of Ukraine on the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands are not affected because it re-expose this issue to a vote in the lower house will not happen. “The further fate of the agreement will depend on a vote in the Senate, which is known to be not re-elected. But there is, as far as I know, CDA has agreed with the government that three or four senators from their party will vote for the ratification of the agreement, and the leaders of the Christian Democrats will shrug and say that can’t influence the decision of senators”,predicts expert.

Thus, says Kornilov, the plan of the Christian Democrats is to actively use the euroskeptic agenda before the election, but subsequently ignore the fact that some of their senators vote for ratification.

Also, the analyst stresses that members of CDA are not skeptics, but simply flirting with the electorate. “They are europhiles and do not hide it”,he told. According to Kornilov, not to be confused with the real skeptics from the Party of freedom and “europhiles” of the CDA, riding a popular trend.


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