Dutch parties start European election campaigns
The Dutch Labour Party and the VVD party start their election campaigns for the European parliamentary elections.17 November 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Labour Party and the conservative VVD party have launched their election campaigns for the European parliamentary elections in June 2009.
Labour Party leader Wouter Bos cautioned against a negative campaign about Europe. The Dutch Finance Minister, emphasised that without Europe, he would not have been able to save the Dutch banks during the recent financial upheavals. He also added the Dutch rejected the European Constitution in 2005 as many were annoyed with European interference in Dutch affairs.
Speaking at the VVD meeting, leader Hans van Balen said his party would not cooperate in what he called “the fashionable rejection of the free market”. A large majority of those attending the VVD congress later rejected a motion against the admission of Turkey to the European Union.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]