A group of worried members of the PvdA and the Green Left wants to force their parties to cooperate more closely. The reason for this is the bad result that the left-wing parties, including the SP, achieved in the Second Chamber elections in March. According to these members, it is more necessary than ever to make the Netherlands “more social and greener”.
The initiators have published a manifesto, Samen Rood Groen, https://www.roodgroenetoekomst.nl/ that has now received more than a thousand statements of support. Most signatories are ordinary members or sympathizers. A large group of signatories has been active (have been) as a councilor, alderman or a member of parliament. Among them are former politicians such as former PVDA leader Job Cohen, who already spoke on TV in favour of a merger of the PvdA, GL and SP, and Andrée van Es, a prominent member of GroenLinks.
“ We can now rise together as GroenLinks and PvdA as one strong force. Now we can turn our disappointment into something positive and take the momentum,” the initiators write in their RedGreen Manifesto. “In recent years, the PvdA and GroenLinks have grown closer to each other.”
More than enough where we find each other
One of the initiators, Marlies Willemen (GL), says in an explanation: “There is more than enough where we find each other. Put a Green Left and a Pvdaer at the table and were gonna figure it out. We must now think in the interests of the Netherlands to get that more social and greener.”
Co-initiator Frank van de Wolde: We see the fragmentation occur in the Dutch political landscape, for 30 years there have been no mergers in politics and we believe that now is the time to change that.
Holding each other in formation
The most important thing, according to the promoters, should be done now, is that the Parliamentary Groups of the PvdA and the Green Left hold each other in the formation. So join together in the next cabinet or together in the opposition. After that, they must form one political group and participate in the elections with one list of candidates in the next parliamentary elections.
“ The political groups cannot meet together if one party is in the coalition and the other in the opposition,” explains Van de Wolde. Marlies Willemen: “It is essential that we hold each other if we really want to go for a greener and fairer Netherlands. And I assume that Clover and Ploumen are wise enough to do so.”
Party Governments positive
The Party Boards of the PvdA and the Green Left are responding positively to the initiative. Pvda President Nelleke Vedelaar is especially delighted. “I am very enthusiastic about it, not just talking together, but taking concrete steps for that further left-wing cooperation. Last week I also joined one of the sessions of the Red Green initiative. The movement and energy make me enthusiastic. I like to keep talking to them.”
Chairman of the GreenLeft Kathinka Eikelenboom also says that she is in favour of progressive cooperation. “In the campaign we made a clear statement about this with our poster. We are enthusiastic about initiatives to strengthen that cooperation. For now, our commitment is aimed at developing the formation together with the PvdA.”
Previous attempts failed
Left-wing cooperation has been much more talked about over the past few decades than it has ended up. Among others, the then party leaders Bos (PvdA), Jan Marijnissen (SP) and Halsema (GL) once made a fruitless attempt, just like Cohen (PvdA) Roemer (SP) and Sap (GL).
But the circumstances are different: they have spent four years in the opposition together and therefore little to blame each other; they are about the same small, so there is a certain balance. And GroenLinks mainly appeals to young people, the PvdA older left-wing voters, so they complement each other.
The action of the initiators of the RoodGroen Manifesto evokes memories of the formation of the CDA in the 1970s. This movement also came about to a large extent by pressure from the members departments. The parties KVP, ARP and CHU eventually merged into one party, the CDA.