Balkenende surprised at VVD

6th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Christian democrat (CDA) leader and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende says he is surprised at the attitude of opposition party Liberal VVD.

6 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Christian democrat (CDA) leader and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende says he is surprised at the attitude of opposition party Liberal VVD.

Balkenende says that the VVD is focussing almost exclusively on issues like legalising soft drugs, allowing shops more freedom in opening times, and individual choice in matters like abortion and euthanasia.

Balkenende commented that the VVD seemed to be concentrating entirely on personal freedoms – which was the VVD's emphasis before its coalition with the Christian democrats. The CDA leader said that times had changed however and that it was in fact better to take a "stricter" approach these days.

The public needs something solid and certain to hold on to in order to have confidence in the future, Balkenende said. Safety is very important to that and is a priority for the new government of CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie.

He said there are still too many problems with youth and drugs and alcohol. Strict compliance with the regulations for alcohol sales for example is absolutely necessary, the CDA leader said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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