Commenting on the results of the Dutch parliamentary elections yesterday ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP said:
“I would like to congratulate ALDE member parties VVD and D66 for their respective excellent results in these parliamentary elections, and particularly Prime Minister Mark Rutte and D66 leader Alexander Pechtold for their strong campaigns and leadership.”
“The Liberals of the VVD made an optimistic campaign. They have worked hard in government to solve the economic crisis and want to continue that successful work to make sure that everyone will benefit from the economic recovery.”
“The Social-Liberals of D66 placed great emphasis on ensuring better jobs, improved health and elderly care and a better education. Their progressive and pro-European message struck a chord with the Dutch voters.”
“I look forward to continue our successful work with both parties and may their positive messages bring a new springtime to European politics after a long winter of the wrong kind of populism.”
VVD, of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, obtained 21.3% or 33 seats (out of 150) and remains by far the leading political party of the Netherlands, ahead of the populists of PVV which obtained 20 seats in parliament. However, the PVV lost momentum and their results are a big setback which will set a negative example for other nationalistic populist parties as Le Pen in France and AFD in Germany.
D66 obtained 12.1% or 19 seats, an increase of 7 seats compared to the previous parliamentary elections of 2012.
The coalition partner of VVD in the outgoing government, the social democrats of PvdA, obtained a historically low result of 9 seats in parliament.
It is expected that both ALDE member parties will play crucial roles in the next Dutch coalition government.