brussels - From our correspondent
The ALDE, an alliance of European liberal parties, is meeting this weekend in Amsterdam. The European Parliamentarian of the VVD is the only candidate for the position of chairman. Van Baalen was elected for the first time in the autumn of 2015.
The VVD and D66 are affiliated on behalf of the Netherlands. In the European Parliament, the ALDE group is the third largest political family, after the Christian Democrats (EPP) and Social Democrats (S \u0026 amp; D).
But if it is up to Van Baalen, much will change in the coming period. The liberals now have eight prime ministers and are growing as a group. He focuses his energy on bringing in La République En Marche !, the political party of Macron.
Macron has not yet made a choice for which political group he wants to hear in Europe, but will do so in view of the European elections in the spring of 2019. Van Baalen is busy negotiating.
'The only option is a liberal coalition,' he says. The alliance is relevant because the ALDE with Macron can become the second or even largest political family in Europe. 'The Liberals are no longer a junior partner,' says Van Baalen. Now all key positions within the EU are mainly occupied by the Christian Democrats.