Foreign media are also fully interested in the Dutch elections. Not only is the expected victory of the VVD attracting attention, but also the big gains of the D66 seat are mentioned everywhere. A BBC correspondent explains that there is talk of a “Kaag effect”, after party leader Sigrid Kaag.
In Germany, Bild described the D66 result as the “big surprise” of this election. The newspaper reported that Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders must now cede his second position in Parliament to the Van Kaag party. Bild also points out that, according to expectations, “three far-right parties” together will get 27 seats in the House of Representatives. “A clear increase compared to 2017.”
“The party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte remains the largest in the Dutch elections, but the left-liberal D66 party is winning strongly,” the Belgian headlines VRT NWS online. “Rutte wins the elections for the fourth time in a row with his VVD party, and therefore he is almost sure he will remain prime minister,” it seems on the news site, which concludes that Root and Cage appear to be the “big” parties. The winners “.
The BBC reporter says Kaag appears to have drawn left-wing voters behind her with her “open and optimistic” vision. Online broadcaster shares a picture of the D66 leader sitting at a cheerful table surrounded by his party members. The Thierry Bode Democracy Forum also performed better than expected, according to the BBC. They campaigned to end the lockdown. It was the only party that organized demonstrations during the epidemic.
The victory of the VVD didn’t go unnoticed in the United States either. In the New York Times, Dutch journalist Thomas Erdbrink writes that Rutte is heading for a fourth term as prime minister. He explains that the Rutte government fell into the benefits case earlier this year, but that the case did not play a major role during the campaign.