Netherlands: New regime sworn in amid concerns over far-right ministers

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Sworn in on Tuesday, the new Dutch cabinet of prime minister Dick Schoof, featuring five ministers from Geert Wilders’[s] far-right Freedom party (PVV) and two from the populist Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB), has raised more than a few eyebrows in the Netherlands. Schoof, a career bureaucrat who has led the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD and was the senior official at the ministry of justice, was put forward to alleviate coalition partners’ concerns over Wilders. But they have still raised questions over the suitability of some cabinet members for their new jobs, prompting two to promise MPs they will behave differently in government. Wilders, whose party rocked the country by finishing first in elections last November, insisted last week that his nominees were ‘more and more popular. They speak the language of the man and woman in the street. I am very proud of them.'” (07/02/24)