(One NL) is a Dutch political party
founded in September 2006. It took part in the 2006 Dutch election
under the leadership of Marco Pastors
and Joost Eerdmans
, but a dismal election result leaves the political future of the party quite uncertain. The party is seen as one of the political heirs of the late Pim Fortuyn
in the name Eén NL
, meaning 'one', emphasizes national unity where NL
is the standard abbreviation of the Netherlands.
The party broadly stands for opposition to mass immigration to the Netherlands, tax cutting and shrinking government, zero tolerance on 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 the assimilation of 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
' Party for Freedom
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 and on September 24 he and Eerdmans formed a new parliamentary group with the provisional name Groep Eerdmans-Van...