The far right is on the verge of power after the victory of populist Geert Wilders in the legislative elections

The far right is on the verge of power after the victory of populist Geert Wilders in the legislative elections

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analysis – The head of the Freedom Party can assume the position of prime minister in a country led by liberal Mark Rutte for 13 years.

Disaster in the Netherlands. At the end of a campaign that was as short as it was crazy, the far right won the general election on Wednesday 22 November. According to the first estimates provided by Ipsos at the beginning of the evening, the Party for Freedom (PVV) led by Geert Wilders, 60, is ahead by winning 35 seats out of 150 in the lower house of the Dutch parliament, far ahead of the coalition of workers and left-wing environmentalists. (PvdA-GL) is led by former European Commissioner Frans Timmermans who won 26 seats. The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), which Mark Rutte led for a long time before handing power to Dylan Jeseljos, is in clear decline with only 23 seats, 11 fewer than it currently has. As for the New Social Contract (NSC), the party created by former VVD MP Peter Umtsigt just three months ago, it gets 20 seats. After remaining at the top of opinion polls for weeks, this new formation was losing popularity in…

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