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Could opposition parties in the Netherlands form a coalition against Geert Wilders?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of parties which work together to form a coalition government in the Netherlands. The fourth Rutte Cabinet before the 2023 election consisted of four parties. ...
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Is it fascist/racist to doubly punish for people who live in "poor" areas?

Whether this is "racism" depends on exactly how you define the word. The proposed measure does not refer to race, so by a strict reading it is not racist. It does mention "foreigners", but it doesn't ...
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Does Pete Hoekstra, the US Ambassador to the Netherlands, speak Dutch?

Below is a short quotation from an article in the Holland Sentinel ("Speaking Dutch in West Michigan"), published on 7 September 2008: U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, came to the United States ...
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How does a very developed country become permeable to populism?

You list some factoids. Here are some responses Developed people have more to lose from adding people from less developed countries. This is especially true of countries with low inequality, as ...
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GRU agents expelled – why not charged?

According to news reports, the four people travelled to The Hague on diplomatic passports in April which means that they were protected by diplomatic immunity and couldn’t be charged.
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Could opposition parties in the Netherlands form a coalition against Geert Wilders?

According to Euronews, typically the "shaper" has been someone (I guess most common the leader) of the party that won the largest number of seats. So, making a coalition starting with a ...
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Where does Starbucks Europe pay taxes?

It's not customary for a businesses to complain to the European Council. They can lobby it for new rules but its role is limited. The regular procedure to dispute a Commission decision of the kind you ...
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How does the Dutch system for preferential votes (*voorkeursstemmen*) work?

As specified by the Kieswet, the law governing elections, any registered party can deliver a list of candidates (see this question for details) in each district (kieskring)¹. When people cast their ...
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Why was Çavuşoğlus (planned) campaign visit to The Netherlands and Germany controversial?

The rally in Germany was officially canceled because of fire safety concerns, not for political reasons. That being said, there are currently at least three issues: The referendum is seen as another ...
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Does any legislation permit three or more legal parents?

Yes. In British Columbia, Canada, it is possible for a baby to have three parents on the birth certificate. For example, National Post: A Vancouver baby has three parents named on her birth ...
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What happens when a Dutch party wins more seats than they have candidates listed for?

They lose them If a list1 has more seats assigned to it than candidates to fill them, they lose the extra seats. Those seats are then divided among the other parties with more candidates than seats ...
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What did the Dutch law commission find about their own military participation in Iraq (2003-2005)?

Dutch public broadcaster NOS has a summary about the report listing its main findings. I'll cite their summary (in Dutch) and provide my own translation below. Geen adequaat volkenrechtelijk mandaat ...
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Why focus on reduction of public debt when private debt is much larger?

Impact of having debt Public debt is the money that needs to be paid by the taxpayers (while the state ostensibly owes it and it's backed "by full faith and credit" of the state, in the end, in ...
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How does legalized prostitution affect human trafficking, if at all?

Neither. The question is based on a false premise alltogether - there is no evidence that legalization in any way correlates with increased trafficking, even the people making the claims are forced to ...
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Why did the Dutch government put XTC/MDMA as a hard drug?

In 2011, the 'expert committee on list systems' came up with a report, 'Drugs in lists' (unfortunately I cannot find the full report). That report was offered to the minister for health and a news ...
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Who has the power to dissolve the House of Representatives in the Netherlands?

Formally, the House is dissolved by Royal Decision (Koninklijk Besluit), which effectively means by cabinet decision. No vote is needed in the House. (Constitution, Art 64) There are also exceptional ...
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For the Dutch general election, how many candidates can be on a list?

The current law states (in Dutch) Artikel H 6 [..] Op dezelfde lijst mogen de namen van ten hoogste vijftig kandidaten worden geplaatst. Op dezelfde lijst van een politieke groepering wier ...
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How would the PVV choose the people to sit in the seats they win?

In Dutch elections, any party can register for participation and present a list of candidates. For the 2017 elections, 81 parties initially registered; 31 of those have delivered a list of candidates;...
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Which provision allowed Turkish speakers in the Netherlands to vote without Dutch proficiency?

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service has a page on Turkish citizens and their family members. The page starts off introducing the Ankara agreement, formally known as the Agreement Creating ...
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Is a Dutch political party's program allowed to contradict the constitution prima facie?

The Dutch constitution differs from the USA Constitution in many ways. As a starter, almost every right in the Dutch constitution has the clause "unless otherwise stipulated by law" or a similar ...
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How does the Leefbarometer score liveability based on the share of people from Morocco, Surinam, and Turkey?

The Leefbaarometer describes its methodology in this pdf (in Dutch), and the tables on pages 77-79 seem to show the effect of each indicator on the overall score. From what I can understand, the "...
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Why does the Socialist Party (Netherlands) perform poorly among voters abroad?

This answer is certain to be the demographics of the Dutch citizens living abroad, but let's look at the context to narrow it down. I'm going to focus mostly on the political Left as I'm seeing the ...
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