Democratic Political Turning Point

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Democratic Political Turning Point
Democratisch Politiek Keerpunt
Leader Hero Brinkman
Chairman Theo Reijnen (Ad interim)
Founder Hero Brinkman
Founded 19 June 2012 (2012-06-19)
Dissolved 18 November 2012 (2012-11-18)
Merger of Proud of the Netherlands, Independent Citizens' Party
Ideology Conservative liberalism, classical liberalism, social conservatism, nationalism, soft euroscepticism, populism[1]
Political position Right-wing
Colours Red, White, Blue & Orange

Democratic Political Turning Point (DPK, Dutch: Democratisch Politiek Keerpunt) was a political party in the Netherlands. The party was founded by Hero Brinkman, an independent member of the House of Representatives, formerly a member of the Party for Freedom (PVV). After Brinkman left the Party for Freedom he founded the Independent Citizens' Party (OBP). On 9 June 2012, Brinkman announced that the Independent Citizens' Party was merging with the Proud of the Netherlands (TON) party to form a new party: Democratic Political Turning Point. The party participated in the Dutch general election of 2012, but did not win any seats.[2][3] On 18 November 2012, TON reversed the merger and parted ways with Brinkman.[4]


  1. ^ Andeweg, R. and G. Irwin Politics and Governance in the Netherlands, Basingstoke (Palgrave) p.49
  2. ^ (English) Populists Brinkman and TON unite,, June 9, 2012
  3. ^ (English) New DPKP party marks a 'turning point', will fill gap on the right,, June 19, 2012
  4. ^ "Trots op Nederland verder zonder Brinkman". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). 18 November 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2015.