Mirjam Bikker is not happy with her party’s provincial cooperation with the PVV in Flevoland. The ChristenUnie leader tells Nieuwsuur that she gets a “bad feeling” because, according to her, the PVV “does not recognize the democratic constitutional state”.
Two weeks ago BBB, VVD, PVV, ChristenUnie and the SGP reached a coalition agreement in Flevoland. There has been a lot of unrest about this within the Christian Union. Deputy Prime Minister Carola Schouten previously called a possible collaboration ‘uncomfortable’ and the youth department of the party is also firmly against it.
‘At right angles to our principles’
Earlier, party chairman Ankie van Tatenhove spoke out against cooperation with the PVV: “As a national board, we see that the position of the PVV on fundamental topics such as religious freedom and the importance of the rule of law is at odds with our principles and convictions. That is why we have previously said that participation in a coalition with the PVV is not credible.”
Now party leader Mirjam Bikker also openly speaks out against the collaboration for the first time. But she emphasizes that in the case of the ChristenUnie, the members are ultimately responsible for cooperation. In contrast, she says, to the PVV “where there is only one member who can give ukases”. “In our party, members are allowed to weigh things up for themselves.”
Tomorrow evening the Flevoland ChristenUnie members will discuss cooperation with the PVV.