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Will “Teflon Mark” Rutte’s “good populism” bring the Dutch back to Europe?


Is there any other country where the government could fall into a scandal and then that scandal played no part in the campaign and therefore, in the election two months later? It happened in the Netherlands, where the third government led by Mark Rutte failed at the so-called “interest scandal”- misinterpreted, because the scandal is not about interests but about racism and the intolerable way the tax authorities deal with people receiving child benefits.

To be fair, the campaign, if one could call it that, actually had nothing, except, perhaps, the vaguely problem of “leadership,” that is, personality over policies. And the majority of the “important” voters of the Netherlands decided that the man with two of his three governments collapsed and damaged the state’s response to Covid-19, including vaccine deployment, is the best that the country has to offer.

In many ways, last week’s election was not an event: there was no campaign, no clear choice, and little change. Whereas the social democratic PvdA in the last decline, suffered the greatest loss of any Dutch party in the postwar period (29 seats), the biggest loss was only 6 seats. Groenlinks (Green Left) has paid the price for a lackluster campaign and leader, as well as its refusal to act as an opposition party for the past four years, while the Far-Right Forum for Democracy (FvD) returning from the dead to win six seats in Trump’s anti-administration campaign – FvD was the only party to move as usual, despite strict (but weakly enforced) restrictions.

In fact, despite Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s claim that his “good populism” defeated the “bad populism” of the far right in 2017, the latter has been at its best. in postwar elections. In total, the right has won 28 seats, more than a total classic rest (25 seats). However, with the extreme polarization of the party system in the Netherlands – a record 17 parties to be represented in the new parliament – the far-right vote was divided among three different parties. Geert Wilders’ main Islamic Party for Freedom (PVV) lost slightly (from 20 to 17 seats), and fell from second to third, while Thierry Baudet’s extreme FvD won big (from 2 to 8). chair).

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