Netherlands: Forecast: Right-wing populist Wilders ahead in parliamentary elections

Forecast: Right-wing populist Wilders ahead in parliamentary elections

PVV leader Geert Wilders is celebrated by supporters in The Hague after the election forecast was announced. photo

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Right-wing populists as the strongest party in the Netherlands, which is known as liberal? If an initial forecast is confirmed, this will be the result of the parliamentary election.

In the According to one forecast, the party of right-wing populist Geert Wilders emerged from the parliamentary elections as the strongest force in the Netherlands. This was reported by Dutch television after the polls closed. Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) can therefore hope for 35 of the 150 seats in parliament. If the forecast is confirmed, it would be the first time that a right-wing populist party wins a Dutch parliamentary election.

Wilders’ (60) PVV had continued to rise in the polls in recent weeks. The right-wing Liberals’ top candidate, Dilan Yesilgöz, said at the start of the election campaign that she would not rule out Wilders as a coalition partner from the outset. The outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte, also a right-wing liberal, had always refused to work with Wilders. Among other things, Wilders wants to close all mosques and ban the Koran. During the election campaign, however, he struck a more moderate tone and said that the fight against Islam was not a priority at the moment. Instead, he wants to close the borders to asylum seekers.

According to the forecast, Yesilgöz and Rutte’s party, the right-wing liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), will have 23 seats, a loss of eleven mandates. The alliance of the Greens and Social Democrats, led by former EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans, creates 26 seats, an increase of nine. The party of the former Christian Democrat Pieter Omtzigt, the New Social Contract (NSC), which was founded just a few weeks ago, can expect 20 seats according to the forecast.

It is still completely unclear which government will be formed after the elections. Omtzigt has ruled out working with Wilders because he represents anti-constitutional positions. In any case, Yesilgöz does not want to join a government under Wilders as prime minister.

The early parliamentary election became necessary after Rutte’s center-right coalition collapsed in the summer after just 18 months in office. The reason for this was a dispute over migration policy. Rutte, the longest-serving Prime Minister in Dutch history, then announced his departure from national politics and now wants to become NATO Secretary General. However, he will remain in office until a new government takes office. A good 13 million people were called to vote in the election.


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