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Thursday, May 16, 2002

Balkenendezation of Dutch Politics-All the talk about List Pim Fortuyn has gotten the guy who's most likely to be the new Dutch PM, Jan Peter Balkenende, pushed off center-stage. He looks to be an interesting character. He's a former theology prof and head of a Christian broadcasting network who looks like Harry Potter's older brother. He doesn't like the liberal drug and euthanasia laws that have been enacted in the last decade, but is also pessimistic about getting them overturned. He also wants to see more culturalization of immigrants, which puts him on the side of LPF. I got a hunch that the new coalition will be with Balkenende's Christian Democrats, LPF and the classic liberal VVD (analogs to the German Free Democrats?).

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