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LThe European elections have formally began. In the Netherlands, which voted on Thursday, the center-left could be forward of the far proper by a hair: based on a ballot of 20,000 voters, the Green-Labor alliance Groenlinks-PvDA obtained 8 seats, in opposition to 7 within the Freedom Party (PVV) led by the populist Geert Wilders, who got here first within the final legislative elections. The margin of error is one seat, and the official outcomes is not going to be introduced till Sunday, when the remainder of Europe has completed voting. Participation is introduced at 47%, up 5 factors in comparison with 2019.

The PVV, which didn’t receive any seats within the 2019 election (and recovered one after Brexit) achieved the anticipated breakthrough, even when current polls put it within the lead with 2 factors forward of the center-left . The liberals of the VVD, the social gathering of resigning Prime Minister Mark Rutte, are available third place with 4 seats, one lower than in 2019. In complete, 31 seats are at stake out of the 720 within the European Parliament.

“A stronger nation”

The “Dutch Trump” mentioned he was glad with these outcomes: “This is a very positive signal (sent) to the elites in Brussels, that things are going to change,” Wilders mentioned in entrance of the cameras. “The Dutch voters have just said that they want a different European Union, that they want a stronger nation. The transfer of powers to Europe is over! They want exactly the opposite! »

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