Dutch Socialists poised for polls victory

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Series Details 24.8.12
Publication Date 24/08/2012
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The Socialist Party (SP) in the Netherlands can taste victory and a newfound respect in the weeks before a general election on the 12 September 2012. The most leftwing of the mainstream parties, a group descended from 1970s Maoists, was poised to become the largest in parliament at the elections.

A win by the SP and its leader Emile Roemer could mean a reversal for a country that has been one of the strongest advocates of austerity policies throughout the eurozone crisis. If the party takes the Netherlands out of the German-led camp of countries pressing for stricter EU budgetary supervision in exchange for eurozone rescue measures, it could shift the balance of power in Europe as a whole.

Nevertheless, even if the SP became the largest party in the Dutch parliament it was not clear if they could form a coalition government.

Later reports in early September discuss the resurgence of the Labour Party (PvdA) following a strong performance in two televised debates.

Related Links
ESO: Background information: Dutch general election, 2012 http://www.europeansources.info/record/dutch-general-election-2012/
DutchNews.nl, 22.8.12: Election: Prime minister breaks his silence, calls for lower taxes http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2012/08/election_prime_minister_breaks.php
RNW, 17.8.12: Dutch socialist leader under fire for EU comments http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/dutch-socialist-leader-under-fire-eu-comments
Spiegel Online International, 28.8.12: Socialists Ride Wave of Anti-EU Sentiment http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/left-wing-socialists-are-favorites-in-upcoming-dutch-election-a-852352.html
DutchNews.nl, 28.8.12: Election: SP loses support but 50% of voters are undecided http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2012/08/election_sp_loses_support_but.php
DutchNews.nl. 1.9.12: Election: Purple dawn - Labour closes the gap on the Socialists http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2012/09/election_purple_dawn_labour_cl.php
NRC Handelsblad / Trouw / De Volkskrant, 4.9.12: Election suspense (via PressEurop) http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/press-review/2636081-election-suspense

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