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Dutch Greens Target Tax Avoidance to Push Back Against Populists

  • Party leader aims to form left-wing coalition after March vote
  • Anti-European Freedom Party leads in polls ahead of election
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The Dutch Green party will insist on shutting down so-called mailbox companies that exploit the country’s loose tax laws as a condition of joining any coalition after March’s elections, party leader Jesse Klaver said.

“Tax avoiders undermine people’s trust in the government, in globalization and in international cooperation,” Klaver, 30, said in an interview in The Hague Wednesday. “It’s their fault that people vote for populists and we aren’t going to accept that anymore.”