Rutte Wins Dutch Election, Pro-EU Party Places Second

Mark Rutte’s reelection wasn’t in doubt, but D66’s second-place finish is a surprise.

  • Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal VVD placed first in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday but fell short of a majority.
  • Three or four parties will be needed to form a coalition government.
  • The social-liberal and pro-European D66, which has governed with Rutte since 2017, placed second, pushing Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) into third place.
  • The PVV lost seats to the more radical Forum for Democracy (FvD).
  • The combined populist right, including newcomer JA21, is projected to win more seats than the Labor Party, Greens and far-left Socialists combined.


Possible coalitions

76 seats needed for a majority