The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

EP Who is who: VVD, Party for Freedom and Democracy

What are Dutch parties running for the European Elections standing for? If they gain seats which european group will they join?



Name of the Party: VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie). People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy

Position in the political spectrum: right/centre-right

Ideology: liberal, conservative

Position on Europe: pro Europe but no to further integration

National leader: Mark Rutte

Party in the European Parliament: ALDE (liberal party)

Number of European MPs elected in 2014: 5

In the Dutch parliament: on 2017 general election, VVD gained 33 seats. It is currently the first party in the lower house (Tweede Kamer), and it leads the government coalition. Its leader, Mark Rutte, is the prime minister.

Party programme in English: No

Lead candidate: Malik Azmani

 

Principles for the European Elections 2019: ” It’s not always easy to get along with in Europe so many countries to come to the right decisions”, says VVD electoral manifesto for the European Elections. More points: focus on themes that are important, such as safety and migration and also on cross-border challenges. Europe should not interfere with things that countries can do themselves, VVD thinks. 

Standing points:

  1. Security: stronger collaboration with other countries
  2. Migration: agreement with countries in Africa and Middle East for reception in the region of the refugees.
  3. Environment: Reduction of CO2 at European level, countries should be free on how to achieve the goal
  4. Euro: Member States put finances in order and banks need to be lowered at the minimum
  5. European Institutions: European Institutions limit their activities to core tasks and save on expenses

 

The full programme is here (Dutch)

 






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