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Mark Rutte - the likely new Dutch leader, has promised almost €20 billion in spending cuts in coming years, including €1 billion a year less for the EU pot (Photo: NewsPhoto!)

Massive swing to the right in Dutch elections

Conservative liberal Mark Rutte narrowly won the Dutch general elections on Wednesday (9 June). But the big shock of the night is that 1.5 million people - almost one in five - voted for the islamophobe Geert Wilders.

With 97 percent of the vote counted, Mr Rutte's VVD party won 31 seats and the centre-left Labour Party (PvdA) won 30. Mr Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) came third with 24, showing up pollsters who had predicted he would win at best 18.

The ruling centre-right Christia...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Mark Rutte - the likely new Dutch leader, has promised almost €20 billion in spending cuts in coming years, including €1 billion a year less for the EU pot (Photo: NewsPhoto!)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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