The Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader, Geert Wilders has been riding the high tide of national populism in recent weeks and looked poised to win in this week’s election in the Netherlands.
A weekly poll conducted in early March bore results that predicted the anti-Islam leader could win the 25 seats needed, though with just one seat more than was expected for current Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).
However, the latest combined polls are indicating that the People’s Party incumbent has regained his previous lead, and shows Wilders garnering only 22 of the 76 seats in Wednesday’s election.
Many have seen Geert Wilders and France’s Marine Le Pen as European counterparts to Donald Trump, sharing his views on nationalism, radical Islamic terrorism, and anti-globalism, ideas which seem to be gaining ground in many regions of Europe.
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