The centrist liberal parties are the big winners of the Dutch elections: Mark Rutte’s VDV won the elections again and the D66 was in 2nd place, with its best result ever.
The liberal center is strengthening and the less centrist and liberal parties (on the right and especially on the left) do not capitalize on the dissatisfaction and the economic and social crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. These are two conclusions of the election results in the Netherlands, which reinforced the vote of the victorious liberal center-right VVD party, of Mark Rutte – Prime Minister of the country since 2010 – and that made the centrist and Europeanist party D66 of Sigrid Kaag ( minister of the last coalition government of Rutte) the country’s second political force.
The projections already released point not only to a new victory for Mark Rutte’s VDV but also to a strengthening of the vote achieved in the last legislative elections in 2017: the “liberal-conservative” formation will have managed to elect between 35 and 36 deputies for Parliament ( of the 150 that make it up), when in 2017 he got 33.
The second was D66, a moderate and “liberal-progressive” party that continues to grow electorally: in 2017 it had managed to elect 19 deputies, seven more than in the previous election, and now it will have reached 27 parliamentarians. It is the best result ever in the history of the D66, founded over 50 years ago.
The “Party for Freedom” (PVV), a populist, nationalist and far-right political formation in the Netherlands, has ceased to be the second-largest party in the Netherlands and has had a slight decline that contrasts with the growth in previous elections. In 2017, it had managed to elect 20 deputies, five more than in previous legislatures. Now it has remained for the 17 deputies – less than in the last elections, but more than in the penultimate legislatures.
The Christian Democratic Party CDA, which is part of the EPP in the European Parliament and which had a more significant electoral fall, ranked fourth in the elections: in 2017 it had managed to elect 19 deputies, ranking third (with 0.2% more than the progressive liberals of the D66), now elected 14 (minus five).
The traditional left also suffered a defeat: the Labor Party (PvdA) did not benefit from the January resignation of the government of Mark Rutte – which provoked early elections – and continues with nine deputies, while the green and left party “GreenLeft” and the socialists -communists will have elected only eight deputies each. In 2017, both had managed to elect 14 deputies.
Despite the strengthening of the centrist parties, it is still worth noting that another far-right populist party other than the PVV – the “Forum for Democracy” – will have managed to elect eight deputies, quadrupling the vote obtained in 2017 (he had elected two).