The Dutch farmers’ party is against the government’s plans to buy up properties and limit the number of animals.
A new political party was elected in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Its goal was to make up for the government’s climate policies by getting the most seats of any party in the Dutch Senate.
“Even though it sounds strange, this is the norm! Voters are normal people like you and me.” Caroline van der Plas, the leader of the party, said something. “But the culture of today has shown that people can’t stand to stay inside all the time. We will no longer be forgotten.”
The Farmer-Citizen Movement Party, or BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) in Dutch, came to power with the help of protests against the government’s environmental goals. By buying thousands of farms and getting rid of a lot of livestock, these steps are being taken to cut down on nitrogen emissions. The air and water may be harmed by nitrates and ammonia.
The conservative VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte is likely to lose ground in the next elections. However, the BBC says that this party is on track to win 15 of the 75 Senate seats. After this win, Rutte’s four-party coalition will have 24 of the 150 seats in the country’s parliament.
“Now, you can believe what they say. Anyone can get in touch with me if they want to. You have nothing to worry about,” So van der Plas claimed.
About 57.5% of people who were eligible to vote did so in this historic election.
Voters said that the way the government works now is “not good” because it doesn’t help farmers and agriculture well enough.
The Green Party and the Labor Party coalition on the center-left also won on election night. They ran on the idea that climate issues won’t just go away. The coalition has 15 seats, the same number as BBB.
Based on the results, Rutte doesn’t have enough time left in office to get any bills through the Senate.
Rutte praised BBB and said that party leader van der Plas “looks like a big winner today,” but he was quick to point out that his coalition still has a majority in the Senate.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Rutte downplayed how BBB’s win would affect government policy.
Rutte said of the provinces and water agencies, “I think it has to do with elections.” “And of course also for the Senate,” the author says. “So in that sense, there is something of national policy in it,” but he or she warns against drawing “quite big implications” from such a result.