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|Founded||August 23, 2006|
|Political Ideology||Fortuynism, Liberalism|
|European Parliament Group||none|
|Colours||Red, White and Blue|
|See also||Politics of the Netherlands|
Eén NL (One NL) is a Dutch political party founded in September 2006. It took part in the 2006 Dutch election under leadership of Marco Pastors and Joost Eerdmans, but a dismal election result makes the politic future of the party quite uncertain. The party is seen to be one of the political heirs of the late Pim Fortuyn.
The Eén in the name Eén NL, meaning 'one', emphasizes national unity where NL is a common abbreviation of The Netherlands.
The party broadly stands for opposition to mass immigration to The Netherlands, tax cutting and shrinking government, a zero tolerance against crime, constitutional reform (particularly more direct democracy and the direct election of the prime minister and members of parliament), restoring the "human dimension" in large public sectors such as education and health care, and a skeptical attitude to European integration.
Although the party is critical of the "islamization" of The Netherlands, in favor of assimilation by minorities and opposed to further immigration, it is perceived as taking a less hard line on this issue than other right-wing parties such as Geert Wilders' Freedom Party or Hilbrand Nawijn's Party for the Netherlands. Several moderate Muslims support the party.
On September 20, 2006, Anton van Schijndel, formerly of the VVD, joined the party<ref>(Dutch) "LPF zet Eerdmans uit fractie", Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, 2006-09-20.</ref> and on September 24 he and Eerdmans formed a new parliamentary group with the provisional name Groep Eerdmans-Van Schijndel. <ref>(Dutch) "Eerdmans met Van Schijndel in één fractie", Nu.nl, 2006-09-24.</ref> The definitive list of candidates was presented on September 30, 2006.<ref>(Dutch) "Chauffeur en broer Fortuyn op lijst EénNL", Nu.nl, 2006-09-30.</ref> Among the new additions to the list were Hans Smolders, Pim Fortuyns former chauffeur (the man who chased Fortuyns assassin and was responsible for his apprehension), Fortuyns young brother Simon Fortuijn, and Jan Dirk Blaauw a former member of the VVD parliamentary fraction.
The party program was presented on October 9, 2006 and in November 2006 Marco Pastors published a political pamphlet as well <ref>Marco Pastors Tot uw Dienst (in English: At your service) Uitgeverij van Praag Amsterdam 2006 ISBN 9049026028 </ref>.
On November 15, the party released a radio advert, in which party leader Marco Pastors likened the apathy of "the establishment" towards the "Islamization of Holland" to the laxism of Dutch politics towards the Nazi Germany threat of the 1930s. In a talkshow Pastors said that the Dutch government has to act now, because "Hirsi Ali already had to leave the country, Theo van Gogh was murdered, and honour killing is becoming more widespread." Pastors pointed out that even those immigrants that are integrated say that this cannot go on anymore.<ref>(Dutch)""Islam lijkt op oprukkend nazisme"", NOS Nieuws, 2006-11-15.</ref>.
A lawsuit filed against Pastors by the political opponent Moslim Democratische Partij was not honored, the judge argued that although the remark was sensitive it was not outside the bounds of law as it remarked not on Islam itself but on islamization as a civic phenomenon <ref>(Dutch) "Pastors hoeft nazi-uitspraak niet terug te nemen", Nu.nl, 2006-11-22.</ref>.
Eén NL took part in the 2006 Dutch general election, but did not get enough votes for a seat in the Tweede Kamer. Their candidates for the election were:
- Marco Pastors, councillor in Rotterdam for Leefbaar Rotterdam.
- Joost Eerdmans, member of the Dutch House of Representatives.
- Hikmat Mahawat Khan, business consultant and co-founder of the Contact Groep Islam.
- Ronald Sorensen, councillor in Rotterdam for Leefbaar Rotterdam.
- Secil Arda, business consultant.
- Sander Simons, PR adviser / former broadcast journalist.
- Anton van Schijndel, member of the Dutch House of Representatives.
 Party Program
The party published its party program on October 9, 2006. However, media reports already provided some details in the week before. The party calls for a 4% income tax reduction across the board, will abolish almost all Dutch foreign development aid, and will return to the taxpayers the "Kok Quarter," a sales tax increase on gasoline introduced by Labour Party minster Wim Kok in 1991.<ref>(Dutch) "EénNL wil afschaffing ontwikkelingsgeld", Elsevier, 2006-10-06.</ref>
The key issues are: <ref>(Dutch) Election program at website eennl.nl Link</ref>
- Democratic reform:
- reduction of number of ministries to 6 (security, environment, general affairs, finance, foreign affairs, social affairs)
- 30% reduction in civil-servants in next 4 years, transparency appointments government officials <ref>EénNL: Topbenoemingen voortaan openbaar De Telegraaf November 13 2006 Link</ref>
- deportation illegal residents, greencard system
- downsizing schools, reduction management, emphasis on teaching practical skills
- Access for new Eastern-European workers to Dutch job market only when existing unemployment is resolved.
|Political parties in the Netherlands|
|Second Chamber:||Christian Democratic Appeal (41) | Labour Party (33) | Socialist Party (25) | People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (22) | Party for Freedom (9) | GreenLeft (7) | ChristianUnion (6) | Democrats 66 (3) | Party for the Animals (2) | Political Reformed Party (2)|
|First Chamber:||Christian Democratic Appeal (23) | Labour Party (19) | People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (15) | GreenLeft (5) | Socialist Party (4)| Democrats 66 (3) | ChristianUnion (3) | List Pim Fortuyn (1) | Political Reformed Party (1) | Independent Senate Fraction (1)|
|European Parliament:||Christian Democratic Appeal (7) | Labour Party (7) | People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (4) | GreenLeft (2) | Socialist Party (2) | Europe Transparent (2) | ChristianUnion/Political Reformed Party (2) | Democrats 66 (1)|