Geert Wilders and The PVV Knocked Down: Rutte Keeps The Netherlands!!!

The VVD Secures Over 21% of the Dutch Vote, Leading Parliament

Prime Minister Mark Rutte celebrates after exit poll announcements are made. (AP: Patrick Post)

With an 81% election turnout, The Netherlands has seen Dutch voters re-elect Mark Rutte as their Prime Minister, with his People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) taking over 21% of the vote (32 seats) and securing power as of the latest tallies.

Many news and polling organizations expected Far-Right Populist and anti-EU candidate Geert Wilders, who founded the anti-Islamic Party for Freedom (PVV), to take control of the nation amidst a global, Far-Right Populist surge.

Albeit, though not securing political hegemony or the executive seat, Geert Wilders and the PVV look poised to take 13% of the seats in the Binnenhof, while the VVD will have lost 10 seats. Wilders’s party will have 19 seats, tied for second with two other organizations (CDA: The Christian Democratic Appeal; D66: Democrats 66).

Wilders, recognizing his defeat, has stated that he will pursue a coalition with other parties in the Dutch Parliament, though all seated parties have stated that they will not enter into a coalition with the PVV; forming a “strong opposition over the next 5 years,” is Wilders’s next objective.

France and Italy are the two other European nations with critical upcoming elections, where Far-Right Populists have also posed a threat to the respective establishments and more moderate political trends.

The course that Europe takes in politics, and the security of the EU, rest in the hands of these nations’ voters.

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