Polls: PVV losing ground
The right-wing anti immigration party PVV is losing momentum. The latest Ipsos Synovate opinion poll indicates a drop of 2 seats in parliament. The poll puts Geert Wilders’ party on 18 seats, a heavy plummet from the 24 seats in the general elections. According to the polls, the PVV lost votes to the VVD liberals, the party of current Prime Minister Mark Rutte gained another seat in parliament which now puts them at atop with 37 seats. The other winners are the labor party, PVDA (27) and the socialist party (26), both up by one seat.
The decrease of support can be attributed to the recent commotion surrounding the visit of Turkish president Abdullah Gul. In response to President Gul’s remarks on the growing islamofobic sentiment in Europe, Wilders put out several ‘tweets’ referring to the Turkish president as a “bully” towards Christians and a “Kurd beater”. Wilders’ crusade against the Turkish president did not resonate with fellow coalition parties nor the members of the PVV itself, as once again a member of the PVV, the provincial councilor in Drenthe, left the party stating he was “ashamed of the party”.
Collapse of the Limburg fraction
The Limburg fraction of the coalition party CDA (Christian democrats) also took issue with the PVV stance on president Gul’s visit to the Netherlands. “PVV harms the interests of Limburg by insulting foreign head of state” local CDA leader Martijn van Helvert is quoted as saying by the Volkskrant. This conflict of opinion led to the collapse of the province’s PVV,VVD and CDA ruling alliance on Friday. “’All confidence in the coalition is lost” Helvert said.