The new Peasant Citizen Movement –BoerBurgerBewegingin Dutch- (BBB) achieved a historic triumph by taking between 16 and 17 seats out of the 75 in the Parliament in the regional elections this Wednesday.
So the BB was the match most voted in the senate in most of the country’s twelve provinces and became the most represented in the Upper House.
“The people have made their voices heard, and in what way”commented after the victory the party leader, Caroline van der Plas.
This coalition advance represents a serious risk to executive plans in regards to the environmental Policy, which they strongly reject.
Since its creation four years ago, the BBB has led several protests against the prime minister’s plans Mark Rutte that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Specifically, the goal is reduce nitrogen emissions by 50%a greenhouse gas emitted mainly from fertilizers and manure, by 2030.
The problem with these projects – described as necessary to solve the housing crisis – is that they propose a reduction in the number of heads of cattle and even a possible closure of the farms in order to achieve those goals.
That is why, in the elections, several populist leaders -among them those who feel ignored on other issues by the longest-serving leader in the Netherlands, who is celebrating 13 years in power- joined his line and offered their support.
“The historic victory of the BoerBurgerBeweging is the result of many protest votes”, wrote the political journalist of the public channel USMarleen de Roy, while the daily De Telegraaf qualification “Kabbboem” in a play on words that combines the name of the party and the sound of an explosion.
With this result, the BBB is followed in representation by the joint block of The Greens and the Game laborwith 15 seats, and then the ruler Freedom and Democracy Party (VVD) of the prime minister, with 10 places.
In any case, despite having a majority in the Chamber, the peasant coalition could have difficulties in obtaining the necessary support for its environmental projects.
To secure the green light, the BBB could ally with equally opposed right-wing parties although GroenLinks and the Labor Party believe these plans are not ambitious enough.
“The voters have left the government a complex political puzzle” to solve, assured from the newspaper By volkskrant and, from the Peasant Movement and the left bloc, they have already announced that they are going to demand “substantial concessions” to offer their cooperation to Rutte.
In this sense, the legislator Caroline van der Plas stressed her commitment to challenge the environmental plans of the Executive.
For its part, the ruling party commented to the US that he will analyze the situation “calmly” and that his coalition – which does have a majority in the Lower House – will seek a majority “by expedient” in the Senate.
Also, they advanced their will to release 25,000 million euros (USD 26.6 billion) by 2035 to help the agricultural sector reduce its emissions.
(With information from AFP)
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