Europe can breathe a sigh of relief. The populist wave that threatened to flood the Old Continent was blocked before it started.
The dreaded victory of Geert Wilders in the Dutch parliamentary elections didn’t happen. The far-right leader, who had promised to close the borders to immigrants, expel the Moroccans and then steer the country out of the E.U., won 19 seats. He is way behind the DDV Liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte, to whom the voters awarded 31 seats, and on par with the CDA Christian Democrats and the D66 left liberals, both of which won 19 seats.
As expected, but nevertheless sensational, was the success of GroenLinks, the Green Left led by Jesse Klaver. His party was the true revelation of these elections, which quadrupled its number of representatives and earned 16 seats. Wilders’ Freedom Party won a feeble second place, undermined overnight by the CDA and D66. This puts an end to any ruling ambitions the white haired, right winger.