The center-right dissident, an old hand in national politics who won the legislative elections this Wednesday, November 22, by some polls, has positioned himself as an alternative to traditional parties and maintained ambiguity about his intentions in the event of victory.
Kasper Veldkamp receives the office of the New Social Contract (NSC) in the parliament in The Hague, which is temporarily located within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to work on the historical site. Campaign posters of Pieter Omtzigt, the party’s candidate in the Dutch legislative elections on November 22, cover the walls – no slogan, just the 49-year-old MP’s face, against a blue and yellow background. A few are busy behind their computer screens. “There are only three workers in the party. We are still a small startup,” Casper Veldkamp smiles, the fourth ex-diplomat on Peter Omdzicht’s list. That’s because the NSC has experienced a meteoric rise in recent weeks: the party founded in August is leading in some opinion polls the right-wing VVD party, which ruled the country ‘until the prime minister resigned’. In July, Minister Mark Rutte, a left-wing coalition led by former European Commission vice-president Franz Timmermans, radical Dr.