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Rural populist party emerges as big winner in Dutch elections

The Guardian | March 16, 2023

A new populist party surfing a wave of rural anger at government environmental policies has emerged as the big winner in Dutch provincial elections, dealing a heavy blow to the four-party coalition of the prime minister, Mark Rutte.

The success of the Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB) in Wednesday’s vote, which will determine the makeup of the senate, casts doubt over the government’s ability to pass key legislation, including its plans to slash nitrogen emissions.

“The Netherlands has clearly shown we’re fed up with these policies,” BBB’s founder, Caroline van der Plas, told the public broadcaster NOS. “It’s not just about nitrogen, it’s about citizens who are not seen, not heard, not taken seriously.”

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3 Comments on Rural populist party emerges as big winner in Dutch elections

  1. “It’s not just about nitrogen, it’s about citizens who are not seen, not heard, not taken seriously.” You could just as well be speaking on the situation in Canada and the United States. All the best to your party.

  2. I read today over at Henry Makow’s site that the BBB is suspect, being in cahoots with a marketing firm and Bayer and Monsanto.

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