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    Successes for right-wing populists, Greens and right-wingers hold positions

    Local elections in the Netherlands:

    12.5 million Dutch were eligible to vote their regional parliaments on 21st of March 2018. This election in 335 municipalities was a year after the national parliamentary election also a mood test for the parties in The Hague. Voter turnout was 46.7 percent, slightly higher than in 2014 (45.1 percent).

    The right-wing populist Freedom Party (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV), led by Geert Wilders, succeeded in winning the parliament in several cities, including Rotterdam and Utrecht. The party is represented for the first time in 30 instead of two municipalities (The Hague and Almere).

    In Rotterdam, the right-wing populist party “Leefbaar Rotterdam” (Liveable Rotterdam) remained the strongest force. In Amsterdam, the extreme right-wing National Forum for Democracy (FvD) by Thierry Baudet achieved a success and will move into the city hall for the first time. The Far Right Forum for Democracy (FvD) and EU-critical party occupy two of the 45 seats in the city council of Amsterdam.

    Strongest party in the two largest cities Amsterdam and Utrecht became the green party GroenLinks. The Social Democratic Party of Labor (PvdA) and the social-liberal D66 lost votes in most major cities, while the right-wing VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte gained votes in some municipalities.


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