In the poll, which has been watched closely across Europe because of its potential impact on the euro crisis, Rutte's VVD took 41 seat to Labour's 40 in the 150-seat chamber, with both parties gaining 10 seats on the 2010 election. The big losers were the Freedom party, headed by maverick far-right populist Geert Wilders, which slumped from 24 to 13 seats, according to projections, and the Christian Democrats, the traditional powerbrokers of Dutch politics, who collapsed from 21 to 13 seats.Final results tomorrow but the chances are there will now be months of wrangling over the formation of the government with everyone trying to freeze the Freedom Party out of the negotiations.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Well, you pays your money and you takes your choice
The Dutch election results can be described as pro-euro parties sweep Dutch poll, according to Reuters and the Guardian or fragile coalition is expected according to the Daily Telegraph with "major gains for hard-line Euro-sceptics". So far these are all projections but these tend to be reasonably accurate.