By Leonoor Van Kersbergen
A few days ago, in the rainy little country called the Netherlands, the elections took place. Here people vote on different political parties, which win seats in the “Tweede Kamer” (House of Representatives) with these votes. In short, there are 150 seats in total, and it is the job of the party with the most votes to create a coalition in order to obtain a majority in the Tweede Kamer. The leader of the party with the most votes, the winning party, becomes President. The rest of the Tweede Kamer is occupied by the opposition.
This year the elections were extra important, as the outcome could have shown a continuation of the wave of populism like we saw in the USA, and could have ended in a Nexit, the Netherlands stepping out of the European Union. The person leading the wave of populism in the Netherlands is the Islamophobic Geert Wilders. People like to compare him to Donald Trump, though they say that Geert’s hair is more astonishing (yes, it’s possible).
Fortunately, they voted for the man who has been leading our country for several years now, Mark Rutte. Hence, the country is saved from Nexit and gave a sign to the World that populism has no place in the Flatlands. As the President says; “wat zijn we toch een gaaf land!” (what an awesome country we are)
Geert Wilders Mark Rutte
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