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Utrecht: a race for the top in the green, cycling city

Utrecht: a race for the top in the green, cycling city

D66 rolling out the apples for campaigning in Utrecht Photo: S Boztas DutchNews.nl is publishing 10 articles focusing on the 10 cities where most international…

Thursday, Mar 10

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D66 rolling out the apples for campaigning in Utrecht Photo: S Boztas DutchNews.nl is publishing 10 articles focusing on the 10 cities where most international residents live in the run up to the local elections in March. Part 9: Utrecht.

Students in Utrecht were surprised to be woken to a doorstep delivery of croissants and the cheery face of D66 parliamentary leader Jan Paternotte on Saturday.

‘I saw more people in their pyjamas than I had done in months,’ he told DutchNews.nl.

But it is a race worth getting students out of bed for. The left-leaning, young city of Utrecht will see a close election race between liberal democrats D66 and green socialist GroenLinks this year.

Whoever is largest is likely to decide whether or not the city coalition will include the conservative-liberal VVD – currently polling at third – and how Utrecht decides on key, contentious issues such as building houses on the Rijnenburg polder.

A poll a few weeks ago by Maurice de Hond for D66 put this party a fraction ahead, but the latest I&O poll puts GroenLinks on 18.6%, followed by D66 on 15.8%. Newcomers pro-European Volt and anti-racism BIJ1 have joined the race and both appear set to take some of the liberal-left vote.

Following a national trend, votes for the largest parties may decline, with D66, GroenLinks and the Christian CDA predicted to lose out, and gains for Volt, BIJ1 and the pro animal (PvdD). City life One key issue is city life, in this historic but vibrant […]

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