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Who is Dick Schoof? 8 things to know about the new Dutch Prime Minister – POLITICO

In comparison, Schoof is a blank slate. It is known that he grew up in a Catholic family as the second youngest of seven. Today, he is a divorced father of two adult daughters, whom he and his then-wife adopted from China. Besides his work, he enjoys gadgets and media attention.

Opposition leader Frans Timmermans called Schoof a “very loyal and dedicated public servant”. In comments to the media, his former colleagues described him as an ambitious workaholic with a sense of humor.

Ironically, the most vocal criticism has come from far-right circles. “The Netherlands voted for Geert Wilders and what we get is a former Labor Party official who has been spying on us for years,” growled Forum for Democracy (FvD) leader Thierry Baudet.

8. His first task: choosing ministers

Prime Minister candidate or not, there is still much work to be done before the next government can take office.

Schoof will now be involved in the ministries division and help nominate candidates for key positions. Once the Dutch king confirms the new government, Schoof and the rest of the cabinet will spend the summer drafting a coalition program that will flesh out the current government agreement. The intention is to have this program ready in September.

Pressed to provide insight into the Dutch government’s future plans, Schoof still seemed stuck in his old role on Tuesday, fending off journalists’ questions by telling them: “We’ll have to ask the political world.”

He had apparently forgotten that from now on, this world includes Schoof himself – at the top.


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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe.Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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