The Christian Democratic party CDA is unhappy at the way Rita Verdonk is using its own ‘Trots op Nederland’ (proud of the Netherlands) slogan for her new political movement.
The CDA campaigned in the last election under the same catchphrase and plans to use it again in the future, a party spokeswoman said.
Verdonk announced on Wednesday that she was forming her own political grouping as Trots op Nederland.
The CDA has asked branding experts to see if action can be taken against Verdonk, saying her announcement was ‘not decent’. She said she had not realised the CDA already used the motto.
The Telegraaf reports the owner of internet domain name trotsopnederland.nl has been approached on behalf of Verdonk to buy the name. The url ikbentrotsopnederland.nl links directly to the CDA site.
Meanwhile, a poll for RTL says Verdonk’s movement would take 29 seats in parliament if there was a general election tomorrow. Most of her support would come from her former party, the right-wing Liberal VVD, and the anti-immigration PVV.
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