Jan Peter Balkenende

Jan Peter Balkenende has been quoted 8 times. The two most recent articles where Jan Peter Balkenende has been quoted are Dutch far right make their mark on Europe and Netherlands unveils stimulus plan. Most recently, Jan Peter Balkenende was quoted as having said, “I congratulate, of course, the Freedom Party and the party D66, one party is anti-European and the other is pro-European. And then for my own party, the Christian Democrats, we were the largest party and we continue to be that, and I'm happy with that result.”.

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I have to let our party chairman know tonight that I directly resign my party membership and that I won't take a place as a member in the lower parliament.

I congratulate, of course, the Freedom Party and the party D66, one party is anti-European and the other is pro-European. And then for my own party, the Christian Democrats, we were the largest party and we continue to be that, and I'm happy with that result.

All short-term measures to stimulate the economy cost a lot of money and the other side of the coin is that the national debt rises at an increased rate.

This boost to the economy is a direct result of the economic crisis. By giving the extra money, the cabinet wants to give business some breathing space. We feel that tax relief for companies will enable more investment. And for smaller companies the government promises to pay bills quicker.

The important thing is that we try to find a common coordination, a common strategy based on national responsibilities and, of course, the situation is not the same in all countries. Some have less problems than others but the important thing is that we are working together.

There'll be a long day. And it's not easy, we know that. Also, we, the Dutch government, we have to make several points: the role of national parliaments, the public services and the criteria for enlargement.

The debate hasn't been so much about the constitution, it has been more about feelings, about dissatisfaction, sometimes about ignorance.

Freedom of opinion, as stated in the constitution, is crucial for everyone. Justice will triumph.

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