As the election results rolled in from The Netherlands last night, it was disheartening for supporters of the PVV (Party for Freedom, Partij voor de Vrijheid) because our expectations had been raised so high in recent months. Yet a closer look at the final tally shows that the result was hardly the great victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the VVD as touted in the media.
The VVD lost nearly 20% of its bloc of seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament. In contrast, the PVV gained 33% — a third more seats than in 2012.
But most devastatingly for the ruling coalition, the Labour Party (PvdA) lost 19 seats, more than 75% of its total presence in the chamber. Obviously the VVD is going to have to cast around for a different coalition partner. It remains the largest party, but the PVV is now second-largest.
The parties that showed the largest absolute increases were Green Left (GroenLinks), D66, and the Christian Democrats (CDA). That’s a disparate group, and not all that compatible with one another, to say the least. So the formation of a coalition will be an interesting process.
A thumbnail key to Dutch political parties is at the bottom of this post.
Geert Wilders sent out this message to his supporters today:
Yesterday, the Party for Freedom (PVV) gained 33% and rose from 15 to 20 seats. That is a result to be proud of. However, Prime Minister Rutte won the elections, despite losing 8 seats.
We were the third biggest party, but now we are the second biggest party in the Dutch Parliament and a major political force. I promise you: Next time we will be first! The genie cannot be put back in the bottle.
I assure you: We will not stop trying to save our beautiful country, the Netherlands, our European civilization and our Western freedoms.
We are grateful for the interest and sympathy of freedom loving people all over the free world. And we will continue to inform you about our efforts and progress in the years ahead.
Key to the parties:
|VVD||People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy|
|Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie|
|Partij van de Arbeid|
|PVV||Party for Freedom|
|Partij voor de Vrijheid|
|Classical liberal, Islam-critical
|Left-wing populists, former Maoists, to the left of communists
|CDA||Christian Democratic Appeal|
|Christian democrats, center-right
|Politieke Partij Democraten 66|
|Centrist social liberals
|Christian Democrats, left-wing, only “conservative” in being ostensibly religious
|Environmentalism plus hard left
|SGP||Reformed Political Party|
|Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij|
|Christian right, advocates a Christian theocracy
|PvdD||Party for Animals|
|Partij voor de Dieren|
|For The Netherlands|
|Classical liberal party
|PPNL||Pirate Party of the Netherlands|
|Anti-copyright, transparent governance