The Dutch elections for the provinces, and consequently the Senate, have delivered a shocking result.

Many projected the governmental coalition to lose their thin majority in the Senate. But nobody saw it coming that Thierry Baudet’s ‘Forum voor Democratie’ would win so many seats and turn out to be the biggest party with 12 or 13 seats in a heavily divided Senate.

The Dutch senate has 75 seats, so for a majority to get plans through smoothly a government would need 38 seats. The current governmental coalition (VVD 12, CDA 9, D66 6 and ChristenUnie 4) has only 31 seats, so Rutte needs to drink a whole lot of coffee with other parties to get his plans through the ‘Eerste Kamer’. Here are the results for the senate as they are now with more than 90% of the vote in, the FvD might actually get that 13th seat still.

Party 2019 2015
FVD 12 0
VVD 12 13
CDA 9 12
GroenLinks 9 4
PvdA 7 8
D66 6 10
PVV 5 9
SP 4 9
ChristenUnie 4 3
Partij voor de Dieren 3 2
50PLUS 2 2
SGP 2 2
DENK 0 0
OSF/overigen 0 1

 

Thierry Baudet and the Forum for Democracy are the winners of the day

The Netherlands is the 5th happiest country in the world, but many apparently disagree. Thierry Baudet has built a modern campaign on an anti-migration and Trump appreciating message. But overall his most important message was that they were going to do things differently than the old school parties. It might just be that the Utrecht attack 3 days ago did the nationalist party a huge favour.

GreenLeft wins big too

Jesse Klaver from ‘GroenLinks’ also has cause to celebrate, climbing to 9 projected seats in the senate. If Mark Rutte and the other coalition members don’t want to do business with Baudet they can knock on the door of GroenLinks and the PvdA.

Other takes? Well, GroenLinks was the biggest party in Amsterdam and even for the Dutch political system this is an extremely divided chamber of politics. Gone are the days that the CDA or PvdA would land 20 seats or more.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder how Thierry Baudet’s ancestors, who are reported to be French and Indonesian, feel about Thierry’s stance on immigration? Under his policy, they might never have been allowed to enter the Netherlands. No politician is immune to hypocrisy. His Forum Voor Democratie party advocates for closer ties to Russia. Have they forgotten about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, implicating the Russians for killing 193 Dutch citizens? And “Nederlandse Waarden” have always been for tolerance and cultural liberalism throughout the centuries. Mr. Baudet and his followers should take a course in Dutch history. A course in science and climatology is also recommended, since its an undisputed fact that global warming is real and caused by humans. Luckily, the Netherlands is a representative democracy and Mr. Baudet and his followers are entitled to be heard. But, lets not be deluded by alternative facts.

    • First of all, he’s against mass immigration not immigration, he just wants people to get checked on that come here so that there aren’t any people who come here for economical reasons. Second of all, not everyone that votes for him disbeliefs in global warming(so basically you’re jumping to conclusions and you shouldn’t, not good for your health man) but we’re the Netherlands even if we went all solar nothing would change. I just want dumbass Rutte to go and have someone else.
      And about the Russian part i have no idea didn’t really read up on that i guess.

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