Dutch Mainstream Defeats Populist Geert Wilders

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

Dutch party leaders Geert Wilders and Mark Rutte
Dutch party leaders Geert Wilders and Mark Rutte (European Parliament/European Council)
  • Prime Minister Mark Rutte won the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Preliminary results put his liberal party in the lead to form the next government.
  • The Christian Democrats, liberal Democrats and nationalist Freedom Party 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 close to the center is expected to come to power.
  • Turnout was 80 percent, the highest in three decades.