Dutch election: the liberal Rutte wins

Dutch election: the liberal Rutte wins

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The liberal Prime Minister's victory and the defeat of Wilders' populist movement

"After Brexit and the election of Donald Trump we have said no to populism," these were the first words by Prime Minister Mark Rutte as he opens his second term. According to yet unconfirmed numbers, Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), obtained 21.2% of the vote and 33 seats out of 150 seat-legislature. Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) come in second with 20 seats, that is one more seat than Christian Democrats (CDA) the progressive liberal D66 party. The Greens are on the rise.