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Status: 02.07.2024 05:03 a.m.

Seven months after the parliamentary elections, the brand new right-wing authorities in The Hague is beginning work right this moment – and holding its distance from Brussels. This might endanger cohesion within the EU.

Jakob Mayr

Mark Rutte gave his countrymen a farewell speech. The day earlier than yesterday, in a closing televised handle, the outgoing Dutch Prime Minister pressured a number of instances how vital it’s for his nation to be built-in into the EU and NATO. A have a look at the world map makes this clear, stated Rutte: “Together we are stronger than alone.”

But the brand new right-wing authorities that King Willem-Alexander is swearing in right this moment in The Hague represents a totally completely different course. The coalition of the unconventional right-wing get together of the populist Geert Wilders and three different right-wing or right-liberal forces is distancing itself from vital EU initiatives.

Out of the EU asylum pact

In migration coverage, the EU agreed on an asylum pact a couple of months in the past after years of painful disputes. This pact envisages shifting asylum procedures to the EU's exterior borders and distributing migrants among the many member states. EU international locations have two years to organize their authorities for this.

But the Dutch right-wing coalition is resisting: It is promising the strictest asylum coverage ever and needs to drastically limit immigration. The new asylum minister, Marjolein Faber from Wilders' PVV get together, is chargeable for this and has solely simply distanced herself from the conspiracy narrative of an alleged “population replacement”.

The authorities in The Hague needs to use to the EU Commission to withdraw from European asylum and migration coverage. Whether that is legally attainable is controversial. In the Commission's view, the brand new regulation should be utilized.

Environmental rules to be relaxed

The Netherlands additionally now not needs to contribute to Europe's battle in opposition to local weather change because it has accomplished previously. The EU has launched the related legal guidelines as a part of the “Green Deal”.

As the world's second-largest agricultural exporter after the USA, the Netherlands itself has large environmental issues. But farmers have protested in opposition to rules, generally violently. One of the 4 coalition events, the right-wing populist Farmers' Citizens' Movement (BBB), has grown by way of resistance to environmental rules.

The new authorities needs to additional loosen these restrictions, minimize subsidies for sustainable power, get extra electrical energy from nuclear energy crops and broaden offshore pure fuel manufacturing. And nonetheless one way or the other follow the local weather targets.

Still a accomplice for Berlin?

The Netherlands is especially vital for Germany – the fifth largest EU financial system is Germany's most vital buying and selling accomplice inside the Union. In addition, Berlin and The Hague have historically been shut by way of monetary coverage. Both governments are strongly dedicated to debt discount and austere funds administration.

This relationship turned much more vital after Brexit in 2020, when the British misplaced the third member of the alliance. It is unsure how the brand new Dutch authorities will place itself by way of monetary coverage. The solely factor that’s sure is that it needs to pay much less into the EU funds.

Who sits on the summit desk?

After 14 years in workplace, Rutte was now not notably standard in his personal nation. In the Netherlands, many individuals resented the “Teflon Mark” for merely evading scandals: the heartless remedy of residents in Groningen who needed to endure earthquakes due to fuel extraction, or the scandal surrounding baby care advantages that the state wrongfully demanded again from hundreds of households.

But on the EU summit desk, Rutte was thought of a dependable fighter within the service of the European trigger, for instance when it got here to supporting Ukraine or in opposition to those that despise the rule of legislation within the EU.

Rutte's successor, Dick Schoof, a former senior civil servant, is an unknown amount even in his residence nation. It stays to be seen whether or not he’ll act independently in Brussels or quite as a puppet pulling Geert Wilders' strings.

Less cohesion?

With its new authorities, the Netherlands, a founding member of the European Union, is taking a way more essential stance in the direction of the EU. Election winner Wilders is now not demanding that his nation depart the EU. But he’s calling for exceptions and is thus encouraging different member states to make comparable strikes.

This is just not a really encouraging prospect for European cohesion, which is already being challenged by the Hungarians' EU Council Presidency, which is simply starting and never everybody in Brussels believes that they may act as “honest brokers”.

In France, a right-wing nationalist authorities might come to energy after the parliamentary elections. And within the USA, challenger Donald Trump's possibilities of profitable the election have elevated after the current TV debate. The EU is dealing with main challenges within the coming weeks and months, and never solely with regard to the Netherlands.