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It ain’t over till it’s over: the normalization of Dutch populism?

The 2012 Dutch national election saw the far-right PVV loosing votes for the first time since its formation. Losing more than one-third of the voters from the 2010 election, the PVV is down to some ten per cent of the vote share. While the PVV is the election’s biggest loser in terms of total vote […]

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Dutch election results – international media reaction

The turnout in yesterday’s parliamentary election was the lowest since 1998 with 73.8%. The results with 95% of votes having been counted so far are: VVD 41 PvdA 39 PVV 15 SP 15 CDA 13 D66 12 CU 5 GL 3 SGP 3 PvdD 3 50+ 2. Here is some of the reaction from the international […]

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The Dutch Elections and the Eurosceptic Paradox

After a short but hectic election campaign the Dutch voter has spoken. And she has spoken very differently at the polls than in the opinion polls. Depending upon the polling agency, opinion polls from the last days were roughly 20 to 25 seats (out of 150!) wrong in their predictions. According to the first results, […]

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Populism makes them laugh – Wilders and Roemer lasting a marathon of debates

Finally, Election Day. After a short but heated campaign period of little more than two-and-a-half weeks, the Dutch voters are going to the polls. Squeezed in between the summer holidays and an early called election, this short campaign was one to a large degree fought on television. No less than eight televised debates between the […]

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Squashed tomatoes – will the Socialist Party miss the target?

Just three weeks before the September 12 elections, the Socialist Party (SP) was leading Dutch opinion polls with a projected seat share in the high thirties (parliament, the Tweede Kamer, numbers 150). This result promised a sensation: first because it would put the SP (a formerly Maoist party once mainly notorious for pelting opponents with […]

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Geert Wilders is dead! Long live… Geert Wilders!

When Geert Wilders pulled his support for the Dutch minority government last April, commentators were quick to proclaim the end of his remarkable political success story. According to a Dutch saying (de breker betaalt), the one who ‘breaks’ a government pays the price in the next elections. Hence, leading politicians of the two governmental parties, […]

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Why is Geert Wilders struggling in the Dutch election?

From Islamophobia to europhobia The Netherlands has become a laboratory of electoral volatility, political fragmentation and the rise of all sorts of populism. Under the pressures of globalization, de-traditionalization and post-industrialism, the post-war stability of the party political system has been seriously eroded. The christian-democratic and social-democratic people’s parties, once strong pillars of the Dutch […]

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