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QuestionIs This the Best Political Party in Holland?

AnswerNo Judgement

DENK (Political Party)

DENK logo (2020–present).svg

Leader Farid Azarkan
Chairman Ejder Köse [1]
Leader in the
House of Representatives
 Farid Azarkan
 Tunahan Kuzu  Selçuk Öztürk
Founded  9 February 2015
Split from  Labour Party
Headquarters  Schiekade 10, Rotterdam
Youth Wing  Jongerenbeweging Oppositie [2]
Think Tank  Wetenschappelijk Instituut
Statera  [3]
Membership  2019  Increase 3,678 [4]


Political Position Centre left to left wing [23] [5]
Colours  Turquoise Orange
Senate (Netherlands)  75
House of Representatives
  3 | 50
Provincial Councils  4 | 570
European Parliament 0



Durch Pronuncation [dɛŋk], Dutch for “Think” and Turkish for Equal” or “Balanced [9]) is a Political Party in The Netherlands.[24] It is Legally Registered as “Politieke Beweging Denk” (Political Movement Denk). [25]

The Party was Founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk, two Turkish Dutch Members of the House of Representatives, after leaving the Labour Party on 13 November 2014. Upon Winning Three Seats at the 2017 Election, DENK became the first Migrant Founded Party to gain Seats in the Dutch National Parliament.[26]

Although the Party has been Colloquially Described as a “Muslim Political Party“, DENKdoes Not Promote Muslim Candidates as do Most Similar Political Parties in Europe“.[20] Indeed, during DENK’s Second State Elections in 2021, Stephan van Baarle, an Agnostic,[27] also became a DENK Member of the House of Representatives.

The Party carries the Program Advanced by the International Institute for Scientific Research, based in The Hague, with the Purpose of Decolonization.[20] Among its Policies, DENK seeks to: establish a “Racism Register” to Track and Condemn the Use of Hate Speech against religion; build a Dutch Slavery Museum; bolish the Black Character Zwarte Piet (“Black Pete“); and Ban the Use of the Dutch Word “Allochtoon” which it considers as Derogatory Towards Ethnic Minorities in The Netherlands. [20]BIJ1 which Split from Denk Rcently [when?] obtained a Seat in the Dutch House of Representatives, the Two Parties overlap Substantially on Minority Rights Issues but are Divergent on Cultural Liberal Aspects.


DENK was Founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk after Leaving the Labour Party on 13 November 2014. Their Resignations were Prompted Proposals by Deputy Prime Minister and Party Leader Lodewijk Asscher that a nNmber of Turkish Islamist Organisations be Monitored for Interfering with the Integration of Dutch Citizens of Muslim Origin. [28] This came after an internal party debate sparked by a report incorrectly stating that 90% of Young Turkish Dutch supported ISIS.[29][30] On 9 February 2015, they gave their parliamentary group the name DENK and published a political manifesto for the establishment of a movement for migrants and a “tolerant and solidary society” which, among other things, calls for a “racism registry”.

The results from the 2017 election ensured that Kuzu and Öztürk would remain in parliament together with new arrival Farid Azarkan, who is the current party leader.


The movement drew up a political manifesto in February 2015, from which the political party DENK emerged in November 2016.[31][32][non-primary source needed]
The DENK programme argues for the following five points:

        • a tolerant society in which we accept each other.
        • a caring society in which we look out for each other.
        • a learning society in which we utilize everyone’s talents.
        • a sustainable society where we have to think about our environment.
        • a just society, promoting international justice.

The movement wants to establish a monument in memory of labour, and they want knowledge of migration history as a key target in education. They propose that the term “integration” should be replaced by the word “acceptance”. The movement would abolish the term “immigrant”. It notes that people with a non-western background are less likely to find a job or internship and often have negative experiences with law enforcement. The manifesto states that racism in the Netherlands is structural and institutional in nature and therefore wants a so-called “racism registry” to be set up, in which manifestations of racism are registered.

The Movement proposes that in Education, Diversity in the Classroom is Commensurate with the Diversity of the Class (including the Teacher). The Movement has a Policy that in Every School in The Netherlands, both in primary and Secondary Education, study of Chinese, Arabic, and Turkish must be introduced as optional subjects. According to the movement, Education in these Languages will be Useful for the Country’s Economy and International Relations. According to the Manifesto, Imams should not only be appointed to mosques, but also in health care, prisons and the armed forces.

DENK’s View is that the United Nations and its Security Council need Fundamental Reform and that the European Union should pursue an Independent Foreign Policy. The Movement wants to Tackle Islamic Extremism by Tackling its Root Causes, which, according to the Party, consist of Hopelessness, Social Exclusion, and Injustice. On the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, the Party advocates that Europe strengthen the International Position of Palestine and that The Netherlands recognises the State of Palestine.


The Party mainly attracts Support from Ethnic Minorities in The Netherlands, especially from the Turkish and Moroccan Population. Correspondingly the Support for DENK is the Strongest in Cities and Towns with a Significant Migrant Population, especially in the Larger Cities and such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In these CIties the Support for the Party concentrates in the Migrant Populations in Majority Minority Districts, such as Nieuw West in Amsterdam or Kanalen Eiland in Utrecht, Gaining between 30% and 40% of the Votes in those Districts. [33]


Support for the AKP

The Diyanet, a Turkish governmental unit, has allowed DENK to promote itself in Diyanet-controlled Dutch mosques. There are 146 such mosques as of 2018.[35]The party’s program for the 2017 general election, in the context of the Armenian genocide, mourns both the Turkish and the Armenian sides, while calling for an “independent international investigation”. DENK claims that there is no consensus regarding the scale and cause of the tragedy, and calls for “reason and unification”. Within that framework, the party does not use the term genocide.[32][non-primary source needed] DENK was the sole party which voted against a bill recognising the Armenian Genocide.[16]Targeting Turkish Dutch politiciansIn March 2020, DENK was condemned by fellow members of the House of Representatives for releasing videos of MPs of Turkish descent from other parties, in which they are portrayed, for example, as “traitors” to the Turkish-Dutch community.[39]Electoral resultsHouse of RepresentativesEuropean ParliamentProvincialSee also


  1. Website DENK,
  2. “Jongerenbeweging OPPOSITIE”. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  3. “DENK”. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  4. “Forum voor Democratie vierde ledenpartij, middenpartijen verliezen juist veel leden”. NRC (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  5. DENK anders – verkiezingsprogramma DENK 2021-2025 [THINK differently – election manifesto DENK 2021-2025.] (in Dutch). The Hague: Politieke Beweging Denk. 2020.
  6. “DENK wil burger heropvoeden. Waar zagen we dat eerder? – EW”. (in Dutch). 16 November 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  7. “The Dutch election suggests a new kind of identity politics”. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  8. “A Pro-Immigrant Party Rises in the Netherlands”. The New York Times. 29 July 2016.
  9. “6 most eyecatching fringe parties in the Dutch election”. Politico. 3 February 2017.
  10. “Ethnic minorities desert Labour, turn to Denk ahead of March vote”. Dutch News. 6 February 2017.
  11. “A Pro-Immigrant Party Rises in the Netherlands”. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  12. “DENK: The Long Needed Multicultural Party?”. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  13. Wiegman, Marcel (24 March 2018). “Denk vindt de Turkse stem in Amsterdam”. Het Parool (in Dutch).
  14. “Een gelukkige Turk is niet blij met Denk”. RTL Nieuws (in Dutch). 23 March 2018.
  15. “How will Turkish Germans vote in the country’s upcoming election?”. Deutsche Welle. 24 August 2017.
  16. “Tweede Kamer erkent Armeense genocide”. (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  17. “Denk: trouwe achterban, crisis of niet”. NRC.
  18. “Nieuwe Denk-leider Azarkan mikt op zes zetels en wil meebesturen”.
  19. “De DENK-stemmer: progressief én conservatief?”. 22 January 2018.
  20. Spektorowski, Alberto; Elfersy, Daphna (2020), From Multiculturalism to Democratic Discrimination: The Challenge of Islam and the Re-emergence of Europe’s Nationalism, University of Michigan Press, p. 204, ISBN 9780472132164
  21. “Ethnic outbidding and the emergence of DENK in the Netherlands”. 20 March 2019 – via
  22. “Na DENK wil Simons zich inzetten voor homorechten – EW”. 27 December 2016.
  23. “Links en rechts”.
  24. Siegal, Nina (29 July 2016). “A Pro-Immigrant Party Rises in the Netherlands”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  25. Kiesraad (22 April 2016). “Register – Verkiezingen –”. (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 September 2020
  26. Otjesa, Simon; Krouwel, André (2018), “Why do newcomers vote for a newcomer? Support for an immigrant party”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Routledge, 45 (7): 1
  27. Van Baarle, Stephan (17 February 2018). “Integratie is een kunstmatige term” [Integration is an artificial term]. (Interview) (in Dutch). Interviewed by Elsje Jorritsma and Eppo König. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  28. “Dutch party expels two Turkish-origin lawmakers – World News”. Hürriyet Daily News.
  29. “The Netherlands’ migrant parties: Representing the new Europeans –”. – Dialogue with the Islamic World.
  30. “Onderzoek over IS-steun Turkse jongeren deugde niet”. Volkskrant. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  31. “Een Nieuke Politieke Beweging” (PDF). Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  32. “Denkend Aan Nederland” (PDF). Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  33. “Uitslagenkaart Tweede Kamerverkiezingen 2017 per stembureau”. (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 April 2020.

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2017 Tunahan Kuzu 216,147 2.1 (#12)

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Increase 1 Opposition
2021 Farid Azarkan 211,053 2.0 (#14)

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2019 Ayhan Tonça 60,669 1.1 (#13)

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2019 provincial elections





Drenthe 579 0.25%

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Flevoland 3,326 2.09%

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Friesland 493 0.17%

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Gelderland 11,298 1.21%

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Groningen 1,081 0.42%

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Limburg 4,322 0.95%

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North Brabant 12,415 1.23%

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North Holland 28,035 2.4%

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Overijssel 6,495 1.24%

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South Holland 39,800 2.73%

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Utrecht 13,095 2.13%

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Zeeland 814 0.48%

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Total 121,753 1,67%

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2018 Municipal Elections





Alkmaar 647 1,4%

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Amersfoort 2,390 3,4%

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Amsterdam 23,138 6,7%

3 / 45

Arnhem 3,147 5,2%

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Deventer 2,026 4,6%

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Eindhoven 2,864 3,5%

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Enschede 2,306 3,7%

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Lelystad 958 3,7%

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Roermond 835 3,3%

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Rotterdam 16,955 7,4%

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Schiedam 3,260 11,7%

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Utrecht 7,662 4,9%

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Veenendaal 1,243 4,0%

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Zaanstad 3,401 5,5%

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Total 70,832 1,0%

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Remarks by Eric (1)

That Wiki Article is One Reason why I had asked the Question. The Other Reason is that This Poll
Percentages of Party Preference and Perceived Russian Threat to Europe
Showed that ONLY the Supporters of the DENK Party believe that Russia is NOT a Threat to Europe. This causes me to think that MAYBE those Voters recognize that America, NATO and the EU ARE a Threat to Russia, and that’s the Most important Thing for Europeans to Understand in order to PREVENT WWIII.

Mail aan R, 15 januari 2022, 13:29

Remarks by Eric (2)

Well, would your Readers be Better Informed about the DENK Party than you are? But Nonetheless, I think that it is Good to Call More Attention to that Party, because that Party is the a Anti WWIII Party, if any such Party exists in Holland.
Maybe you should Call to your Readers’ Attention that Poll

The BIG Threat to European Nations’ Security is America and its NATO Military Allince causing the Non Russian European Nations to be targets in any War between Russia and the US Empire. All of the non Russian European nations ought to declare themselves neutral and to end NATO and end all alliances with the United States, which is (at least ever since 1991) Europe’s enemy.

Mail aan R, 16 anuari 2022, 14:34

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