The 150 members of the Netherlands' House of Representatives were up for election. Defying all expectations, Geert Wilders' right-wing conservative Freedom Party finished first, securing 37 mandates – far more than Frans Timmermans’ Labor/Green alliance or Mark Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. The Freedom Party’s performance was more than double the number it secured in the 2021 election, while Wilderers' victory surely serves as a signal to mainstream parties around Europe. However, as our guest expert pointed out, Wilders found himself in a rather difficult situation when it comes to coalition talks. Elections in the Netherlands are getting every time more exciting with a lot of drama, action, and comedy going on. Nonetheless, the big question is how and when the parties would be open to shaping an alliance to form a government – and on what conditions.
MCC Votes & Seats Podcast: General Election in the Netherlands, 2023
This time, we talked about the November 2023 Dutch early general elections with Mr. Dave van Ginhoven from the Hague University of Applied Sciences.
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