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Elections in the Netherlands: the collapse of the populists, the success of the «green»

Victory in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands were won by the centre-right «people’s party for freedom and democracy,» Prime Minister Mark Rutte, easily beating the right-wing «freedom Party» headed by Geert Wilders.

So mark Rutte will remain at the head of the Dutch government for a third term.

The results of the calculations, about 95% of the votes, «people’s party» received 33 seats in Parliament out of 150, 8 more than after the previous elections.

«Party of freedom» has received 20 seats (5 seats more than in the previous Parliament). Party «Christian democratic appeal and Democrats 66» got 19 seats each.

However, the biggest surprise in these elections was the broad support of the party «Green left», which will occupy 14 seats in the Parliament of the Netherlands – 10 more than after the last election.

Voter turnout in the elections held on March 15, exceeded 80%.

The elections in the Netherlands tensely watched the rest of the European countries, as this year’s elections will also be held in France and in Germany, where the background of the tide of migrants all the louder calls for banning immigration and leaving the EU.

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Elections in the Netherlands: the collapse of the populists, the success of the «green» 16.03.2017

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