Skip to comments.Dutch set to defy austerity as left takes poll lead
Posted on 08/25/2012 11:15:21 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The left-wing Socialist party is expected to seize the largest gains in September's Dutch elections, threatening to deprive German Chancellor Angela Merkel of one of her closest allies in response to the eurozone debt crisis.
With Dutch voters set to go to the polls on 12 September 12, opinion polls indicated that the Socialist party, which has never formed part of a government, is running marginally ahead of caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Liberal party (VVD).
The Socialist party is more euroskeptic than the mainstream Dutch parties, leading opposition to the ill-fated Constitutional Treaty, which was defeated in a 2005 referendum. It also opposed EU bailout packages and the European Stability Mechanism, and is against further moves towards fiscal federalism in the eurozone.
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They’re for bailouts of their own country and people. They don’t want to pay for bailing out anyone else and they resent being required to.
That sure ain’t very internationalist of ‘em. And if they’re for “socialism in one country”, then they’re Stalinist and dangerous.
Plenty of the European left is anti-EU cause the EU is too corporate for them, not Marxist enough.
I’ve encountered very few of the European left that are anti-EU. And if the EU is “too corporate” for the hardcore Marxists, that means it’s got a fascist bent.
No, no, you don’t understand. They have no objection to bailouts in general but they figure that if all the money of Belgium is being taken to bailout Greece or Portugal or whoever it will be this week that there won’t be any money for bailouts and handouts at home. Mostly it’s that they’re objecting to having their own bailouts and handouts cut to give them to people who won’t vote for them.
Er, for Belgium read The Netherlands in that last.
They are for socialism everywhere, but don’t want to have to decrease their own home level of socialism to spread more socialism elsewhere.
First rule of socialism: never give up anything you have
Stalin vs. Hitler. Same ideology. Different ideas of execution.