11/27/2023, 4:52 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Geert Wilders: The next Dutch prime minister?

Geert Wilders (pictured), the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), emerged as the winner in the Dutch general election held on November 22, with his party gaining 23.6% of the ballot or 37 seats in the country's House of Representatives. The snap election was called after Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government collapsed following 13 years in power.

Wilders campaigned on populist policies, vowing to limit immigration and calling for restrictions on the free movement of workers within the European Union. He has also advocated for a referendum on the Netherlands leaving the EU and is a climate skeptic, preferring to keep fossil fuel power stations open and steer investment away from renewable energy. He is against sending more military support to Ukraine and backs Israel, coming out in favor of moving the Dutch Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Despite Wilders' strong victory in the latest election, his path to power is uncertain. Several parties, including Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), indicated they will not enter into a coalition with PVV. An alliance with GroenLinks-PvdA and the New Social Contract would get PVV over the 76-seat majority threshold, although their leaders raised doubts over the possibility of a deal. After lengthy negotiations, the Netherlands could end up with a coalition of smaller parties or a new election.

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