I mentioned a couple of days ago that a new coalition government has been agreed upon in the Netherlands. As expected, the cabinet will consist of a VVD/CDA minority coalition, backed by Geert Wilders’ party, the PVV.
Details of the new government’s program have now emerged, and when I read what they’re planning, it made my mouth water. The most conservative Republican government imaginable would never attempt half of this stuff in the USA. Just think — if only Geert had been born in Kenya, we could elect him president!
Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated several articles from the Dutch media about the new government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reaction to it, and Geert Wilders’ upcoming trial for hate speech.
First, from De Telegraaf:
“Everyone will notice some of it”
“We’re cutting the budget by €18 billion in the coming years. Everyone will notice some of that,” VVD leader Mark Rutte said Thursday at the presentation of the coalition agreement of the VVD and CDA with support of the PVV. The cabinet Rutte wants will give the country back to the “hard-working Dutchman”.
The government will work hard to increase safety. “We want to put the burglars in chains, not you,” said Rutte — as expected, the incoming Prime Minister. There will be a national police force [instead of the local and regional police]. Street-terror [usually performed by the enriched “new Dutch”] will be tackled hard. There will be minimum sentences handed out to recidivists for crimes for which there is a maximum sentence of twelve years or more.
The TBS system [“offenders with severe personality disorders who are detained in special forensic psychiatric institutions”] will be cut back. Trial-leaves will be addressed. Criminals with dual nationality will loose their Dutch citizenship. The ticket quota [in which a police officer has to write out 120-160 fines a year or else has to face losing a promotion or a cut in salary] will be abolished. Coffee shops [where soft drugs are permitted to be sold and consumed] must become closed clubs where clients are only allowed in with a ‘club card’.
There will be a strict immigration policy. The influx of non-western immigrants has to decrease substantially, according to Wilders by 50%. Illegal residence in the Netherlands will become punishable.
There will also be a burqa ban:
Burkas and other face-covering clothing will be banned. Police officers and judges will not be allowed to wear headscarves. Unemployed persons who due to their behavior or dress code will be less likely to find a job will feel it in their pocketbooks. Their welfare benefits will be reduced, or they will not have any right at all to them. [source]
And those who “take it easy” with their citizenship course, may lose their residence permit:
Turks will also have to continue to integrate. The judge recently ruled that such would not be required for Turks, based on a European treaty, but the new government wants to alter the treaty-agreement. The government wants to spend less on subsidies for integration. Only “Vluchtelingenwerk” [“Refugee aid”] will be spared. People who come from elsewhere have no more special preference in applications. The abolition of “affirmative action” will also affect women [source]
There will be no “road pricing”. The speed limit on motorways will go up from 120 to 130 kilometers per hour. The mortgage tax-reduction will remain in place. The coalition is committed to more nuclear energy. Applications for permits for the construction of one or more nuclear power plants that meet these requirements will therefore be granted.
The new government wants a smaller government and fewer politicians. That should yield €6 billion. The number of MPs will be reduced from 150 to 100, the number of senators from 75 to 50. There will be fewer ministers and state secretaries. The new government also wants to cut the number of elected representatives in local councils, Waterschap boards [maintenance of rivers and dykes and so on] and provincial governments’ Neighborhood Councils will be abolished.
The contribution of the Netherlands to the EU must go down by about €1 billion euros, according to Rutte. The Netherlands insisted a few years ago on that discount. That reduction Rutte now wants to secure “because if you’re not careful, you’ll lose it.”
The budget for Development Aid will be cut by €1 billion.
The coalition will continue with the testing phase of the new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This means that the Netherlands will buy two test aircraft from Lockheed Martin.
The Public Broadcaster [also called “state broadcaster” and a stronghold of the multiculturalists] will, as Wilders says, lose a “few hundred million”.
VH adds that there will be a Yellow Card for Islamic schools:
Under the new government, Islamic schools should especially be careful. According to the presented coalition agreement, these schools often do not have their affairs in order. “Research has shown that Islamic education has weaknesses in terms of governing power, education, citizenship education (rule of law) and regularity of the use of financial resources. […] Research has further shown that schools with radically innovative educational concepts also have these problems. These schools thus will be faced with more rapid closure.”
Freedom of education is not in question, the politicians promise. “The fact remains that (very) weak schools must quickly, within one year, have the educational process in order. If not, then they will proceed to closure.” The authors of the agreement also want people who are working in the industry and business to teach in schools.
And from De Telegraaf:
Wilders: Frau Merkel, Sie haben kein Recht
PVV leader Geert Wilders finds that German Chancellor Angela Merkel should refrain from commenting on political cooperation between the VVD, PVV and CDA in the Netherlands. Merkel said this week that she regrets the cooperation. “Frau Merkel, Sie haben kein Recht,” Wilders said Thursday in German.
CDA leader Maxime Verhagen is convinced that the Netherlands and Germany “can get along as neighbors in a fruitful manner” once the German Chancellor Angela Merkel has read the coalition agreement. Verhagen, at present also the outgoing Foreign Minister also, said he agrees that Merkel has nothing to do with the formation of coalition governments in other countries, and underlined the good relations he has with Merkel personally and with her party, the Christian Democratic CDU/CSU.
Also from De Telegraaf:
Greenpeace activists have climbed the Ridderzaal [“Knights Hall” next to the parliament buildings in the Binnenhof] and attached a banner. The text on the banner reads “Cabinet Rutte: #viezerkanniet [“dirtier is not possible”]. The text “#viezerkanniet” can be looked up on the social network Twitter to discuss the plans of the new government, especially regarding the environment. The police have made it known that the protesters will have half an hour to make their point. After that the police are expected to act.
And, once again, from De Telegraaf:
First day of Wilders Trial live on Dutch TV
The NOS [state broadcaster] will broadcast the first day of the trial against Geert Wilders this Monday live. The PVV leader must appear in court in Amsterdam on suspicion of insulting Muslims and ethnic minorities and incitement to discrimination and hatred. The beginning of the session can be seen on Netherlands channel 1, the digital news channel Journaal24, and via the web, the broadcaster announced Thursday.
The live broadcast will start at 08.55 hours with the NOS News. The session itself will start at nine. If there is a reason for it, it will then be switched to the Hague for the latest political news, given the current developments surrounding the newly-formed Cabinet. The remaining session days on October 6, 8, 12, 15 and 19 can be followed on the theme channel. The ruling is scheduled for Nov. 2.