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Dutch far-right poised for EU gain

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The Kingdom of the Netherlands is also voting in the European Parliamentary election on Thursday, with the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) expected to make an impact with its anti-immigration platform. While appealing to many voters, its leader, Geert Wilders, a strong critic of Islam, has also been widely criticised. His party was not represented in the outgoing European Parliament but is expected to win several seats.

A recent poll put the main establishment parties the Christian Democrats (CDA) and the Labour Party (PdvA), ruling in coalition, neck and neck. It said they would lose some seats. The pro-European D66 are predicted to make gains. The Liberals, Socialists, GroenLinks and ChristenUnie/SGP have mixed prospects. It was Dutch voters who rejected the EU draft constitution in a referendum in 2005, as did the French. They will be sending 25 members to the European Parliament.