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The results of the elections in Holland

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If it is true that the old politics lost, it is also true that the anti-politics did not win. We believe, in short, that this is the result of yesterday’s political elections. Contrary to the opinions and analysis of the majority of the international press, we consider absolutely untrue that Geert Wilders is the winner. Obviously, it is undeniable that the Freedom Party, the seats of which increased from 9 to 24, has recorded the best result of its history to the detriment of the Christian-democrats of the outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. Showing in this way, that besides the lame simplifications and the usual stereotypes, Wilders is the expression of a deep crisis connected to the shaky system of the social policies that is becoming more and more like a real fight between the old and the new citizens. Having said that, the Freedom Party is ranking third in the country after the Liberals and the Labours. It is worth noticing that the choices of Dutch voters have simply confirmed what has already become a predominant trend in most European countries. In fact, in these last years, the states of the Old Continent are facing with a crossroad: to overcome the patterns of the old politics by elaborating welfare policies that are more suitable with the challenges offered by this new millennium or yield the stage to the populists on duty. The electorate is perfectly aware of that. The political leaders instead keep on plying for time. This is the starting point to outline the future scenarios of Dutch politics. The suppositions are essentially three. The first one, big political parties draw lessons from yesterday’s electoral turn and they take the lead overcoming the obsolete traditional political schemes. Or, second option, they decide to carry on with this mutual slaughter game that starts off only instability and anti-system forces. Last but not least, they opt for the involvement of the Freedom Party in the making of the new government. This last choice does not justify the alarmism of many media on the danger of a populist drift of the small Northern European oasis. The parliamentarization of the anti-political forces, in fact, have historically contributed to soothe and mitigate the most extremist attitudes of characters like Wilders. In conclusion, Mark Rutte and Job Cohen, the leaders that mostly gained consensus, maintain the lead. They are to make the decision.

by Giuseppe Terranova, WEST

The italian version of the article can be found on WEST web site