Connect with us


Greens call on European Liberals to act over Dutch VVD joining Wilders’ coalition




The European Green Party is demanding that the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) takes action against the the liberal VVD party, following the Dutch government coalition deal it has concluded with Geert Wilders’ far-right PVV.

The Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD), the party of incumbent Dutch PM Mark Rutte, has agreed to a coalition deal to form a government led by the Partij Voor Vrijheid (PVV) of far-right firebrand Geert Wilders. This move by the Dutch Liberals is in sharp contradiction with last week’s joint declaration of the European parliament’ leaders of the Greens, Socialists, the Left, and the Liberals, all calling for a united rejection of any collaboration with far-right parties.

Terry Reintke, European Green leading candidate, reacted: “Supporting a government led by a far-right party is a dramatic breach of the democratic cordon sanitaire around the far right, and in sharp contradiction with last week’s joint declaration, and with ALDE’s stated commitments. We demand that ALDE and Renew Europe do not let VVD’s decision, which is of grave historical significance, pass without consequences for their Dutch member party. As pro-European democrats, we cannot stay silent when liberal and conservative parties team up with the far-right to form a government.”

The European parliament group of the European People’s Party, EPP group, refused to sign last week’s joint declaration of the Parliament group leaders. The other two parties of the Dutch far-right government, Nieuw Sociaal Contract (NSC), and Boer-Burger Beweging (BBB), both intend to join the EPP Group

Bas Eickhout, European Green leading candidate, said: “The European Greens also call on the EPP, the party of Ursula von der Leyen, to not admit NSC and BBB in the EPP family, because they govern together with a member of the far-right Identity and Democracy (ID)”.

Share this article:

EU Reporter publishes articles from a variety of outside sources which express a wide range of viewpoints. The positions taken in these articles are not necessarily those of EU Reporter.