Dutch Mainstream Defeats Populist Geert Wilders

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal party remains the largest. Geert Wilders underperforms.

  • Prime Minister Mark Rutte won parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Preliminary results put his liberal VVD in the lead to form the next government.
  • The Christian Democrats (CDA), left-liberal D66 and nationalist Freedom Party (PVV) would share second place.
  • The Greens have overtaken Labor as the largest party on the left.
  • Given that all major parties have ruled out a pact with the Freedom Party, a coalition of four or five parties is likely to be formed in the center.
  • Turnout was 80 percent, the highest in three decades.


76 seats needed for a majority