The commerce minister danced at the table after the centrist parties won the Netherlands’ parliamentary elections. But even coronavirus skeptics can rejoice at the result.
Dutch Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag and her D66 party made a strong lead in this week’s parliamentary elections. Stock photos.
Sigrid Kaag is the person everyone’s talking about when the Netherlands twists and turns results in this week’s parliamentary elections.
The commerce minister of the left-liberal and fiercely friendly to the European Union, D66, raised his party to record campaign size. Now D66 will be the second largest bloc in Parliament with around 25 seats, which made Kaag dance at the table during Election Night – an image that is now on nearly every front page in the entire country.
Now be sure: The Dutch are not extremists, Kaag said on television during election night since the country’s two centrist parties and the government were in first and second place in the elections.
Cag felt extra proud that the “left wing” of the government was the best. The D66 increases by at least 5 seats, the Conservative CDA loses four and the small Christian CU party receives steady support.
We are the only progressive party that has had an impact in recent years. We take this trust very seriously, Kaag said.
She can now hope for a better cabinet position when new coalition negotiations take place. It is true that the government can remain as it is, but since in reality it has already resigned and is only a transitional government since January, some form of transformation can still be expected.
That Mark Rutte of the right-wing liberal VVD who won the election will continue as prime minister is still a taken for granted. He has been prime minister since 2010 and does not appear to have any plans to resign.
“I have the energy for another 10 years, since he increased VVD by at least two seats and became the largest party in the fourth consecutive election,” said Rutte Satisfied on Dutch TV on election night.
The other winner in the election is the small party of resentment FVD, which as recently as December appeared to have exploded in internal fights and accusations of anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, the FVD and party leader Thierry Baudet have clearly benefited from the dissatisfaction with all the restrictions and the shutdown of the Coronavirus pandemic. Baud’s demand to open the country means the party appears to quadruple its support, from 2 to 8 seats.
The bleakest mines prevail between the left and the Dutch environmental party Groen Links. The latter was one of the big winners in the 2017 election when young party leader Jesse Claver raised the Greens from 4 to 14 seats. You’re now halves instead and landing on a 7.
Elections in the Netherlands
This is the initial seat allocation in the Netherlands, with 88 per cent of the vote counted:
VVD (right – liberal): 35 seats (+2 compared to 2017 election)
D66 (Liberal Left): 24 (+5)
PVV (right-wing populist): 17 (-3)
CDA (Christian Democrat): 15 (-4)
SP (left end): 9 (-5)
PVDA (Social Democratic Party): 9 (+ -0)
FVD (nationalkonservativt): 8 (+6)
Green Links (Green Party): 7 (-7)
PVDD (Animal Rights Party): 6 (+1)
CU (Christian part): 5 (+ -0)
JA21 (right-wing populist): 4 (+4)
Volts (left side): 3 (+3)
SGP (Christian Party): 3 (+ -0)
Think (immigrant party): 2 (-1)
50+ (Pensioner Party): 1 (-3)
BIJ1 (far left): 1 (+1)
BBB (Country Party): 1 (+1)
The House of Representatives, the House of Representatives, has 150 seats. The current government consists of the VVD, D66, CDA and CU with ex-76 seats in total. Now the same four limbs land on 79.
Sources: ANP, NOS.