Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dutch Voters Go To The Polls Today To Elect A New Government

BBC: Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists

Voters are going to the polls in the Netherlands in the first of three crucial eurozone elections this year.

The race is dominated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right VVD party and that of Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration platform.

Mr Rutte has said the election is an opportunity for voters to "beat the wrong sort of populism".

Mr Wilders has pledged to take the Netherlands out of the EU, close all mosques and ban the Koran.

His Freedom Party (PVV) had been leading in opinion polls but they have since suggested his support may be slipping.

Turnout so far has been high, with 43% of voters going to the polls by 14:45 GMT compared with 37% at the last election in 2012, local media report.

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More News On Today's Dutch Election

Dutch election - live updates -- DW
Dutch head to polls to vote on prime minister -- UPI
Dutch election: Vote under way in key national poll -- Al Jazeera
Dutch election: Geert Wilders warns 'genie will not go back in the bottle' -- The Guardian
Geert Wilders: Dutch right-wing politician sparks national identity debate in election campaign -- ABC News Online
Must-reads on Dutch election -- Politico
Dutch vote in test of far-right populism in Europe -- Financial Times
Dutch elections: all you need to know -- The Guardian
Who is who in the Dutch elections? -- Al Jazeera

1 comment:

James said...

Whether Wilders wins or not will not change what's happening in Europe, with the exception of how quickly things will happen and perhaps the depth of reactions. The same goes for Pen in France.