The political party ROOS!
is a democratic leftist and green political party in Kronenburg.
The party was founded in 2009 through the merger of the
communist CFK ('Communistisch Front van Kronenburg'), the
green party DPG ('Democratische Partij van de Groenen'), the
Republican Party ('Republikeinse Partij') and the so called
'Cultuurpartij' (Culture Party), which was only represented
in the municipalities.
has been the party's political leader since March 2010.
The name 'ROOS!'
(which means 'ROSE!') refers to a leftist tradition.
Originally, the idea was to call the party 'ROOD!' ('RED!'
in English), but many DPG members thought that that wasn't
green enough, so the name became the same as that of the
often red flower, so as to refer to the red colour and
nature in one shot.
Because of a
splendid campaign, ROOS! secured many votes in the early
municipal elections in Alexanderstad in spring 2010, which
was twice repeated during the elections in the other
municipalities in October 2010 and during the parliamental
elections on 23 March 2011. In many municipalities, ROOS!
became the largest party, so that the party became the
largest party in the Zuidkamer as well.
Front van Kronenburg
The communist CFK was founded in 1917 en existed for 92
years, after which it merged with other parties into ROOS!.
After WOII, the party's popularity rose significantly and in
1961 the CFK formed an unlikely coalition government with
LKP, the CFK
being the junior partner. Four years later, the party
exceeded the threshold of 50% of the seats and formed a
coalition on its own. In the elections of 1968 however, the
party suffered a huge loss. This gave room for speculation
that the elections were rigged by the U.S. or supported by
the U.S. In early 2011, Wikileaks published documents that
this was indeed the case, although all people then involved
that were still alive, firmly denied these accusations.
CFK never regained
its former glory. The highest score after 1968 was that of
the elections 2000, but the number of 19 seats vaporised in
the early elections of 2001.
Partij van de Groenen
The DPG was a young party, founded in 1998 through the
merger of the Partij voor een Vooruitstrevend Kronenburg
(PVK, 'Party for a Progressive Kronenburg') and the
Groene Socialisten (GS, 'Green Socialists'). Both parties
had existed since the seventies. Already after the first
elections since its foundation, the DPG became a member of a
governing coalition, first in 2001 with the
PSV and the
PvG in the
brief government of
first government with LKP and PvG. In 2004 however, the DPG
left the government as a result of
the alledged censorship imposed by the government on the
controversial opera by composer
'Bush in Bagdad' about the U.S. and British war in Iraq. The
government had stopped the opera from being performed, which
the DPG found absolutely intolerable. The opera was
performed anyway, but not as prominent as the composer had