The Dutch 2021 election – learnings for Europe’s progressives?

Join us for a 60-minute online discussion with René Cuperus, Noortje Thijssen and Patrick Diamond

Monday, 22 March 2021 | 13:00 - 14:00 Uhr
 | Online / Zoom
 | Background Talk

In the aftermath of the Dutch general election on 17 March 2021, join Das Progressive Zentrum and Policy Network to discuss the outcome and lessons learned for Europe’s progressives in times of COVID-19. What are the key takeaways for progressive actors from across the continent?

Join us for a lively and interactive 60-minute online discussion with:

  • René Cuperus, Senior Associate Research Fellow at Clingendael International Institute (The Hague) and Visiting Fellow at Germany Institute, University of Amsterdam
  • Noortje Thijssen, Director Scientific Bureau Green Party (GroenLinks), the Netherlands, and Candidate for the Green Party in the Dutch general election
  • Closing statement by Patrick Diamond, Chair of Policy Network

About the event

At the moment the political situation in the Netherlands is unique. Mark Rutte and his government resigned over a childcare allowance scandal earlier this year. Nevertheless, the Netherlands are experiencing similar political challenges as other European countries, including the prevailing pandemic, political fragmentation of the progressive camp, a global economic downturn, and political pressure from the far right.

The outcomes of the Dutch election will provide policymakers, campaigners, thinkers, and strategists with insights as to how voters responded to the prevailing political challenges and societal crisis. How did progressives position themselves during their campaigns and how did voters react? Which coalition options are on the table? And what can progressives from other European countries learn from the results and political dynamics in the run-up to the election?


Dominic Schwickert

Executive Director of Das Progressive Zentrum
Dominic Schwickert has been Executive Director of Das Progressive Zentrum since 2012. He has proven expertise in the field of political and strategic consulting. Dominic worked i.a. for Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Bertelsmann Stiftung, IFOK GmbH, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, German Bundestag as well as for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Paulina Fröhlich

Deputy Managing Director and Head of Resilient Democracy
Paulina Fröhlich is Deputy Managing Director and Head of the Future of Democracy Programme.


Paulina Fröhlich

Deputy Managing Director and Head of Resilient Democracy


LocationOnline / Zoom
Time13:00 - 14:00


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