Rainbow (Netherlands)

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The Rainbow (Dutch: Regenboog) was an alliance of Dutch political parties, which included: the Political Party of Radicals, the Pacifist Socialist Party, the Evangelical People's Party and the Communist Party.[1]

The parties entered in the 1989 European Parliament elections with a common list. The alliance won 7% of the vote, which gave it two seats in the European Parliament, one was taken by Nel van Dijk (CPN) and another by Herman Verbeek (PPR).[2] In the 1984 European Parliament elections the parties, together with the Green Party of the Netherlands had also formed a common list called Green Progressive Accord. The alliance was renamed on instigation of the PSP, which disliked the term "green". [3] The alliance executive was chaired by Wim de Boer.[4]

In the 1989 parliamentary election the three parties together formed a common list called GreenLeft. In 1990 the parties dissolved and GreenLeft was formed as a political party.

See List of GreenLeft Members of the European Parliament for a list of the MEPs of this alliance.

Founded 1989
Dissolved 1989
Merged into Groen Links
European affiliation EGC
European Parliament group RBW


  1. ^ Lucardie, P. et al. Verloren Illusie, Geslaagde Fusie GroenLinks in historisch en politicologisch perspectief, 1999 Leiden: DSWO-press, pp.53-59
  2. ^ H.A. Verbeek op Parlement.com
  3. ^ Politieke Partij Radikalen (PPR) in Paul Lucardie en Gerrit Voerman. 'Kroniek 1989. Overzicht van de partijpolitieke gebeurtenissen van het jaar 1989, in: Jaarboek 1989 Documentatiecentrum Nederlandse Politieke Partijen, Groningen, 1990 42-46.
  4. ^ Onderhandelen, onderhandelen, onderhandelen... on LeoPlatvoet.nl

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