"PvdA-SP merger is conceivable"

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19 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - Labour PvdA MP Diederik Samsom thinks that a merger between his party and the Socialist SP is a possibility "in the long run." For that to happen however the developments he sees taking place at the two parties now must continue.

19 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - Labour PvdA MP Diederik Samsom thinks that a merger between his party and the Socialist SP is a possibility "in the long run." For that to happen however the developments he sees taking place at the two parties now must continue.

"The SP is more open to change than it used to be, and I think that is wise. Look for example at climate change. Years ago the SP didn't see that as a serious problem, but now the party is joining the PvdA to urge for more sustainable energy," Samsom said on Saturday.

On the other hand he says the PvdA can learn from the SP that the party leadership shouldn't "advance too far ahead of the troops."

He thinks it possible that a merger of the two parties could come about in ten years' time or so.

Samsom denies that his comments about this in Het Parool on Saturday were influenced by the SP's electoral victory in the last two elections. "I've always argued for a progressive people's party." Samsom added that he has been talking with SP members for years, even before the SP's major victory in the general elections last year.

The interview in Het Parool took place before the SP overtook the PvdA in opinion polls. Samsom says he was speaking in his "personal capacity" during the interview, not as a spokesperson for his party.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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