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  • State of the Left – Netherlands
    René Cuperus - 26 March 2014
    Last week’s elections appear tosignify a shift towards ever greater social fragmentation and the decline of‘Big Tent’ parties.
  • State of the Left – Netherlands
    René Cuperus - 23 January 2014
    Mainstream parties have held together an agreement on reforms, but local and EU elections look set to fracture this coalition.
  • Netherlands • Progressivism • Populism
    René Cuperus - 19 September 2013
    The Netherlands reputation as a ‘progressive guide land’ is being turned on its head as the pillars of the post-war order shake from their foundations.
  • Netherlands • Coalition • Populism
    René Cuperus - 03 November 2012
    The electorate have moved to usher politics into a new post-populist phase, restoring the traditional parties with authority, stability and integrity.
  • SOTL • Netherlands • Elections
    René Cuperus - 13 September 2012
    The Dutch political laboratory is alive and kicking. The election marked the dramatic return of the pro-European centre ground.
  • Netherlands • Elections • PvdA
    Michiel van Hulten - 10 May 2012
    Labour leader Diederik Samsom is walking the fine line between anti-austerity rhetoric and credible opposition.
  • René Cuperus - 01 February 2012
    The left-wing Socialist party is leading Dutch polls as traditional centrist parties suffer the fall-out of the eurozone crisis.
  • René Cuperus - 15 September 2011
    In the Netherlands and Germany the left is propping up governing coalitions. Are they getting a good deal?
  • René Cuperus - 01 February 2011
    From the Netherlands some hopeful and refreshing news can be reported about progressive politics. For the first time since the wild and roaring 1970s, a joint meeting was organised by the three major progressive parties.
  • Tom van der Meer - 15 October 2010
    Geert Wilders’ populist Freedom Party has been given a free ride by the new Dutch coalition.

The Policy Network Observatory promotes critical debate and reflection on progressive politics. It is centre-left orientated but determinedly challenges social democracy. It is pro-European but restlessly questions EU institutions and practices.

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