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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 combined populist right would win more seats than the Labor Party, Greens and far-left Socialists combined. New parties on the left made gains.

Results

Party

Ideology

Seats

2017

2021

VVD
Mark Rutte
Liberal 33 34
D66
Sigrid Kaag
Social-liberal 19 24
PVV
Geert Wilders
Nationalist 20 17
CDA
Wopke Hoekstra
Christian democratic 19 15
SP
Lilian Marijnissen
Socialist 14 9
PvdA
Lilianne Ploumen
Labor 9 9
GL
Jesse Klaver
Green 14 8
FvD
Thierry Baudet
Nationalist 2 8
PvdD
Esther Ouwehand
Animal rights 5 6
CU
Gert-Jan Segers
Social-Christian 5 5
Denk
Farid Azarkan
Immigrants party 3 3
SGP
Kees van der Staaij
Orthodox Calvinist 3 3
JA21
Joost Eerdmans
Liberal-conservative 0 3
Volt
Laurens Dassen
European federalist 0 3
50+
Liane den Haan
Seniors party 3 1
BBB
Caroline van der Plas
Farmers party 0 1
Bij1
Sylvana Simons
Multiculturalist 0 1

Possible coalitions

76 seats needed for a majority