In a surprising twist in Dutch politics, far-right figure Geert Wilders scored a major win in parliamentary elections, potentially setting the stage for him to lead coalition talks and possibly become the country's first far-right prime minister since World War II.
According to an exit poll by national broadcaster NOS, Wilders' Freedom Party secured 37 seats out of 150 in the Lower House of Parliament, a significant jump from its previous 17 seats. Official results are pending. Wilders' agenda includes pushing for a referendum on the Netherlands' EU exit, halting asylum acceptance, and tightening border controls.
He also advocates for "de-Islamization," though he took a milder stance on the issue during this election. He currently has many things planned and is striving to accomplish them in the near future. It will be interesting to see how much of it will actually succeed
Geert Wilders and his politics
Despite this electoral success, forming a coalition government poses a challenge as major parties are wary of aligning with Wilders.
However, his strengthened position from this win could influence negotiations. Wilders called for other parties to engage positively in coalition talks, while potential allies like Pieter Omtzigt of the New Social Contract party remain open to discussions.
Nonetheless, the center-left Labor Party and the Green Left, holding around 26 seats, have firmly stated they won't form a coalition with Wilders. This election followed the resignation of Prime Minister Marko Rutte's coalition due to migration disagreements earlier in July.
Geert Wilders has always been known as a right-winger. His policy is specific in many ways. However, it seems that there are many Dutch people who trust him and expect him to be able to produce great results. It will be interesting to follow the course of his career and see what kind of reactions he will cause.