People's Party for Freedom and Democracy

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Group.png People's Party for Freedom and Democracy  
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AbbreviationVVD
HeadquartersMauritskade 21, The Hague
Ruling party of the Netherlands.

People's Party for Freedom and Democracy or VVD is one of the main Dutch political parties, being part of all national government coalitions since 2010, just after the 2009 Queen's Day Attack.

Corruption

The party led the yearly ranking for most resignations for corruption and integrity problems for the 2010s by political watchdogs.[1]

2000s

Party Coup

During the 2000s, Rutte was trained by deep politician Frits Bolkestein and his mentor Geert Wilders during his early years in parliament.[2]

Following deep politician Jozias van Aartsen resigning after some big losses in Dutch municipal elections, Rutte's party began an internal election for the position of party leader in 2006. Rutte competed against 2 others but his media-appearances made him the preferred winner of the election. Among his vocal supporters was spooky Frank de Grave. Rita Verdonk turned out to be the only serious opponent. Verdonk was a neocon-version[3] of Geert Wilders, and supported by Bolkestein.

“Anyone that can't efface themselves for support of the liberal vision, can bugger off. There have been hassles ever since Bolkestein left. Look what happened with Van Aarsten and Zalm. This is the line. I'll not hesitate to throw anyone out of the party if needed.”
Mark Rutte (2007)  [4]

Verdonk lost the party election against Rutte with 5%[5], but received more votes - 67.355[6] - from the electorate during the general election of 2006, a feat never achieved in Dutch politics, which cause Bolkestein and Hans Wiegel to call for a new "advisory commission" to alter the party direction, something fiercely denied by Rutte. From this point - the "traditional conservatives" in the party became permanent critics of Rutte. Verdonk left the party and started a new movement one year later. Rutte also became known for his alleged harsh outbursts in interviews and meetings regarding his MPs. Rutte seemingly hijacked the party and never let loose from this point on out.


 

Related Quotation

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People's Party for Freedom and Democracy“Anyone that can't efface themselves for support of the liberal vision, can bugger off. There have been hassles ever since Bolkestein left. Look what happened with Van Aarsten and Zalm. This is the line. I'll not hesitate to throw anyone out of the party if needed.”Mark Rutte2007

 

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EmployeeJobAppointed
Mark RutteLeader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy31 May 2006

 

Party Members

PoliticianBornDiedDescription
Jozias van Aartsen25 December 1947One time Bilderberger
Pim Fortuyn19 February 19486 May 2002An assassinated Dutch politician
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert7 April 1973Dutch Defence Minister, connected to the 2015 Hawija bombing, lied about knowledge of any deaths and covered-up any juridical complicity with Mark Rutte & Bert Koenders.
Neelie Kroes19 July 1941Attended all Bilderbergs from 2005 up to 2012. European commissioner
Uri Rosenthal19 July 1945Dutch politician
Mark Rutte14 February 1967Hexabilderberger Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Introduced neo-liberalism with his mentor Geert Wilders. Alleged boyfriend of Mabel van Oranje. Involved in a wide array of scandals. Often "has no memory" of important incidents.
Edith Schippers25 August 1964Dutch politician
Dirk Stikker5 February 189723 December 1979Bilderberger, ex Secretary General of NATO.
Fred Teeven5 August 1958Prosecutor in Amsterdam "battling" drug trade in the 2000s. Covered-up Gladio. Replaced Pim Foruyn as placeholder. Former state secretary of justice during the 2010s. Resigned after lying to parliament about the paper-trail of deals made with criminals after Mark Rutte denied the paper-trail to even exist.
Ben Verwaayen11 February 1952
Johan Witteveen12 June 192123 April 2019Managing Director of the IMF from '73-78
Gerrit Zalm6 May 1952Dutch politician. Shell. Attended the Bilderberg in 2014, personally prosecuted for money laundering at ABN AMRO Bank.


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