Dutch monarchy remains safe in elections
This is confirmed by Piet van Assendolk, a reporter for the public television network NOS covering the information of the Dutch royal house. Van Asaendolk has analyzed the programs of the political parties that are presented to the next elections, and if conclusion is clear: the king Willem-Alexander has little to fear.
Some of the candidates do talk about introducing greater mechanisms of direct democracy, and in more left or minority parties include proposals to cut the costs of the crown or to pay more taxes. But those who question the monarchy are counted.
The political formation that can become the "star" of these elections is the ultra-right Freedom Party, which rejects immigration and the "Islamization" of Holland, contrary to the European Union, and led by Geert Wilders.
In its program, the Freedom Party makes no mention of the monarchy, while those who follow it in the surveys do, but in a positive way.
This is the case of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the center-right liberals led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the candidate for the elections. The VVD is committed to making changes in the institutional distribution of power, but without that goes against the monarchy: as the Liberals declare in their program, "it is the best form of state for the Netherlands."
As for the Social Democrats of the Labor Party, who have governed the last five years in coalition with liberal lis, they insist that the monarchy is "an important factor of union in the Dutch society". Of course, they add that it is necessary to modernize the institution, also in the economic area.
Also expressing their support for the figure of the king are smaller political formations of Christian social, Catholic, Protestant and Calvinist, while the retired 50Plus party praises the modernity of the current monarchy.
More critical is the center-left party Democrats66, which bases its program on defending direct democracy mechanisms: it recognizes the "unifying" role of the king and the royal family in the Netherlands, but calls for greater economic sobriety of the crown .
The only proposals that really contradict the monarchy come from the Greens and the Socialists. Both bet that in the future the Dutch vote to elect their head of state, but meanwhile the Socialists propose that the king has no political influence - which now has in the process of forming the government - and that the members of the house Real pay all taxes on income and wealth.
La monarquía holandesa se mantiene a salvo en las elecciones