Verdonk founds nationalist movement

18th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 October 2007, THE HAGUE - The former Dutch minister of alien affairs and integration, Rita Verdonk, is planning to found a political movement called Proud of the Netherlands, media reports said Wednesday.

18 October 2007

THE HAGUE - The former Dutch minister of alien affairs and integration, Rita Verdonk, is planning to found a political movement called Proud of the Netherlands, media reports said Wednesday.

Verdonk, who earlier left the liberal right Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), is both popular but also controversial for her tough line against foreigners.

She was excluded from the parliamentary group for permanently criticizing the party leadership, even though she won by far the most votes for the VVD in elections less than a year ago.

She pre-empted her threatened exclusion from the party proper by leaving.

However, Verdonk's new organisation is not a political party. She had consciously chosen the term "movement," the reports added.

With its populist positions on law and order and the integration of foreigners the movement is still likely to compete with the Party for Freedom (PVV) of anti-Islamic legislator Geert Wilders.

 

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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