Successful Christian Democrats Opposed Liberalization of Euthanasia but Have Been Weak   Dutch voters have elected what is described as a “centre-right” coalition, in an upset defeat for Wim Kok’s socialists. The BBC reports heavy turnout, with many voters galvanised by gay eccentric populist Pim Fortuyn’s assassination. Although Fortuyn’s policies were largely in keeping with the left-liberal Dutch consensus, he was shot by an extreme-left vegan animal rights activist.  Led by Jan Peter Balkenende, who is expected to become prime minister, the opposition Christian Democrats appear to have won the largest number of seats – 40 or 41 in the 150-seat parliament. Ironically, the inexperienced party of the murdered Fortuyn came in second, and is expected to share power. Fortuyn’s party will probably win 24 or 26 seats, with members of the defeated left-wing coalition – the VVD and Labour – holding 24 each.  There is little coverage in the media of what these parties stand for—but the Christian Democracts did oppose last year’s law extending marriage and adoption to same-sex partners and have tended to oppose the liberalization of euthanasia. However, it is unclear what the party will actually do now that it has been elected. The party was part of every Dutch coalition government from 1945 to 1994, but seems to have done little to arrest the moral collapse that characterizes the modern Netherlands.  For the BBC’s report see:   For Mark Steyn’s satire of so-called “right-wing” European politicians see: