This video from Germany is called Troops out of Afghanistan! 3 December 2011 Anti-war Protest in Bonn, Germany.
From DutchNews.nl in the Netherlands:
GroenLinks in trouble after leadership chaos, budget cut support
Monday 21 May 2012
Support for the left-wing green party GroenLinks has slumped to just four seats, according to the latest Maurice de Hond opinion poll. The party, one of the signatories to the new austerity pact, has 10 seats in the current parliament.
There are 150 seats in the Dutch parliament. Currently, the right-wing “Liberal” VVD party is the biggest party in the Rightist minority government coalition; and in parliament, with 30 seats. According to polls, the opposition Socialist Party, critics of the austerity pact, may become the biggest party at the general election of 12 September.
Not just the recent decision by the GroenLinks leaders to have the austerity pact with the Rightist minority government, is against the wishes of GroenLinks voters and members. The austerity pact-supporting parties are called the “Kunduz coalition.” That is because they are the same parties which earlier, before the downfall of the Rightist minority coalition (now a caretaker government after their collapse) made a deal, including the Right, to send Dutch soldiers to Kunduz province in Afghanistan. That decision by GroenLInks lesaders to prolong Dutch participation in the Afghan war was against the wishes of the GroenLinks party conference.
The party’s popularity fell in last week’s poll following the decision to sign up for a package of spending cuts and new taxes. It is now down by a further three seats this week because of the chaos surrounding the leadership contest, De Hond said.
Leader Jolande Sap has been challenged for the job by Tofik Dibi, an MP since 2006, who says the party needs to broaden its appeal.
Dibi’s candidature has been derided and dismissed by the party’s board which deemed him to be ‘unsuitable’ and have a ‘lack of depth’. After protests, the board has now reconsidered and allowed him to challenge Sap. She, in turn, is said by Trouw to have put pressure on Dibi behind the scenes to drop the challenge.
The new De Hond poll also shows a loss of three seats for the VVD, currently the biggest party in government. De Hond says the right-wing Liberals would take 25 seats if there was a general election tomorrow, while the euro-sceptic Socialists are on 29.
Labour and the anti-immigration PVV are both on 23 seats in the De Hond poll.
The poll shows combined support for the five parties which agreed a €16bn austerity package earlier this month is down from 73 to 67 seats – well below the majority needed. Just 30% of voters are positive about the agreement, the De Hond poll shows.
Paul Krugman | Europe’s Leaders Double Down on a Failed Strategy. Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “I guess we knew this was coming, but in the face of the French and Greek election results and the broader evidence that Europe’s economic strategy is an utter failure, the usual suspects are, you guessed it, doubling down. Simon Wren-Lewis, an economics professor at Oxford, has looked on in horror as the Dutch have agreed on completely unnecessary austerity measures, as a way of showing their commitment to Europe’s totally misguided fiscal pact”: here.