Here are what appear to be final interim election results from the Netherlands, along with recent polls.
The green column is the interim election result.
Projected seats (with 93.3% of votes counted):
- VVD 33 seats
- PVV 20
- CDA and D66 19 each
- GroenLinks, SP 14
- PvdA 9
- ChristenUnie and Partij voor de Dieren 5 each
- 50PLUS 4
- SGP and DENK 3
- Forum for Democracy 2
The current Prime Minister Mark Rutte leads the VVD party which has lost seats but is clearly well in front so Rutte is expected to lead a new coalition with three or four other parties (it could take months to organise).
Geert Wilders (PVV) is claiming a victory of sorts and claiming losers will form a coalition. It is expected that he will not be invited to negotiate any role in the Government.
The Dutch Labour Party PvdA has crashed to a disastrous low.
Greens (GroenLinks) have jumped up from 4 to probably 4 seats and are ecstatic.
So no Trump/Brexit type shocks.
An editorial from Dutch daily NRC :
The Dutch have woken up in a “normal” country, as prime minister Mark Rutte puts it: there was no populist revolt.
Rutte’s VVD lost a quarter of its support but thanks to its substantial lead over the other parties finds itself in an exceptionally comfortable position as leader.
The PvdA, however, one of the pillars of the postwar welfare state, is in existential crisis. Never in parliamentary history has a party lost so many seats.
What is clear is that governing does not pay. The outgoing government presented a dream budget this year: what should have gone up went up, what should have come down came down. The Netherlands is currently one of the best performing countries in the EU. And still voters punished the outgoing coalition severely.
For the voter, apparently, politics is about more than the economy.