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“Wilders Wins: Populist Triumph Sees Major Victory in Dutch Election-Exit Poll

The Dutch elections have once again seen an upswell of Far Right populist parties, with the latest exit polls suggesting that Wilders’ party, the PVV, has secured a major victory. The moderate-liberal D66 party secured just 30 seats, while Wilders’ party gained 33 seats – the most among any single party. That was a marked improvement on the 15 seats the party held in the previous election. Wilders, who has formerly advocated for closure of mosques and ban on the Quran, has hailed the result as a victory for his cause. “This is what George Orwell and Aldous Huxley predicted in their books – the future is now. This is the victory of the people who are thirsty for a new and powerful …Patriotic Revolution”, said Wilders. The win is expected to shake up Dutch politics in the months and years ahead, with many commentators speculating about what it could mean for the future of European politics. Wilders’ victory will put the Netherlands in the international spotlight, but also bring a new era of populist ideology into the mainstream. The impact of this result could well be felt in other European countries in the future. For the moment though, Wilders’ victory is a major upset for the status quo and a testament to the power of populist politics. As Wilders moves closer to the Prime Minister’s office, countries around the world will be watching closely to see what the future holds for Dutch politics and the wider European picture.

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