Mr Esther and mini me were busy with the votes counting till close to 1 a.m. in their respective counting locations last night.
Most of the election results are now in. Alas, the right wing (from center right to far right) does get the biggest slice of votes. Luckily the far right votes are splintered between several parties so none of them will, I think, have a chance to make it into government and they will remain in opposition. At least, I hope so and that the center right VVD party (the largest party) will adhere to its promise to not go into coalition with these chaotic far right parties. Still, 29 seats going to far-right parties is a very concerning thing! It’s really depressing that I live in country where these extreme and xenophobic viewpoints have such a large following.
The encouraging news is that the center-left D66 party made some big gains and is now the second largest party! They are part of the current coaltion government, together with our prime-minister’s party (VVD) and two other Christian conservative parties, but as they have gained quite a lot of seats (possibly their greatest election result ever) they willl hopefully be able to gain a stronger voice in a new government. I’m not going to go into a whole analysis here, if you are interested in reading more, you can read this article. Suffice it to say that it looks like Mark Rutte will stay PM and, while I hate his flirting with right wing speech on occaison and I’m not too fond of some of his more right-wing policies, he is a stable leader especially during this Corona crisis. I just hope that with a stronger D66 some policies can also be liberalized in a new government. Go, Sigrid Kaag (she danced on a table last night when news of the big gains for her party came in)!
I also hope a government can be formed quickly (and it doesn’t take a record 225 days like last time around).