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(04/01/08) -

Dutch Governing CDA Falls But Keeps Lead

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Fewer people in the Netherlands are siding with the governing Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) party, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. A prospective tally suggests that the CDA would secure 31 seats in the next election to the Second Chamber, down three seats since December.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Fewer people in the Netherlands are siding with the governing Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) party, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. A prospective tally suggests that the CDA would secure 31 seats in the next election to the Second Chamber, down three seats since December.

The Labour Party (PvdA) is second with 24 mandates, followed by the Socialist Party (SP) with 18 seats, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with 17 mandates, the Proud of the Netherlands (ToN) movement—led by former integration and immigration minister Rita Verdonk—with 16 seats, the Party for Freedom (PvdV) with 14 mandates, and Democrats 66 (D66) with 10 seats. Support is lower for the Green Left (GL), the Christian Union (CU), the Party for the Animals (PvdD), and the Reformed Political Party (SGP).

Dutch voters renewed the Second Chamber in November 2006. The governing CDA led by current minister president Jan Peter Balkenende secured 41 out of 150 seats. In February 2007, a coalition encompassing the CDA, the PvdA of Wouter Bos, and the CU of Andre Rouvouet was assembled.

On Mar. 28, Dutch foreign minister Maxine Verhagen and Belgian counterpart Karel De Gucht issued a joint statement opposing the swift entry of Serbia into the European Union (EU) unless authorities collaborate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and deliver key suspects.

Serbia’s negotiations to join the EU were suspended from May 2006 to June 2007. EU authorities decided to halt the process, citing Serbia’s alleged lack of cooperation with the ICTY. Two Serb fugitives—co-founder of the Serb Democratic Party (SDS) Radovan Karadzic and army commander Ratko Mladic—have been signalled as the architects of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, and still face genocide charges. Serbia has failed to deliver either of the two accused men to the ICTY.

Verhagen and De Gucht said that "Mladic’s arrest and his transfer to The Hague are the best proof Serbia wants to be part of Europe and embrace European values" such as democracy and rule of law.

Polling Data

What party would you vote for in the next parliamentary election?
(Results presented in seats)

 

Mar. 22

Dec. 29

Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA)

31

34

Labour Party (PvdA)

24

23

Socialist Party (SP)

18

18

People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)

17

14

Proud of the Netherlands (ToN)

16

21

Party for Freedom (PvdV)

14

10

Democrats 66 (D66)

10

6

Green Left (GL)

9

12

Christian Union (CU)

7

7

Party for the Animals (PvdD)

2

3

Reformed Political Party (SGP)

2

2

Source: Maurice de Hond
Methodology: Interviews with 1,000 Dutch adults, conducted on Mar. 22, 2008. No margin of error was provided.