Political Party of Radicals

Political Party Of Radicals

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The Political Party of Radicals (, PPR) was a Christian left and green political party in the Netherlands. The PPR played a relatively small role in Dutch politics. It historically linked to GreenLeft, into which it merged.

Party History

Before 1968

The foundation of the PPR is linked to formation of the centre-right De Jong cabinet and the Christian-democratic alliance Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

After the 1967 elections it became clear that a centre-right cabinet would be formed by the Protestant Anti Revolutionary Party (ARP) and Christian Historical Union (CHU), the Catholic People's Party (KVP) and the conservative-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Progressive forces within the KVP and ARP had hoped for the formation of a centre-left cabinet with the Labour Party (PvdA) without the participation of CHU and VVD.

In March 1967 a group of "regret voters" (ARP-members who regretted voting ARP) published an advertisement in the Protestant paper Trouw, aimed at the leadership of the ARP: they claimed that the leftwing, so called "evangelically radical", ideal of the ARP could not be realised in a cabinet with the VVD. In April this group began to meet regularly with dissidents from the KVP in the Hotel Americain, this gave the group the name "American Group". The group included Wilhelm de Gaay Fortman, prominent ARP politician, his son Bas de Gaay Fortman, Jo Cals, former KVP prime minister, and Ruud Lubbers,...
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