Dutch voters go to the polls today in an election that has been heavily influenced by how to deal with the eurozone’s debt crisis.
With a close race predicted, it is not a foregone conclusion that Liberal Party leader Mark Rutte will remain prime minister.
The centre-right politicians’ austerity measures caused the last coalition government to collapse.
This time Rutte’s talking about investing in infrastructure, alongside reducing the deficit.
However, he is also being accused of becoming more eurosceptic in a bid to woo right-wing voters.
Labour leader Diederick Samsom has an even chance of winning, with proposals for increasing spending and creating jobs.
Neither Samsom nor Rutte would be likely to worry German Chancellor Angela Merkel with regard to her approach on how to deal with the crisis, according to political analyst Adriaan Schout fromn the Clingendael Institute.
“The Dutch, and particularly Rutte, have always been pushing Merkel a little bit to the right. That game might change a little bit after the election but not too much, because even with Samsom, the Netherlands is not becoming like (French President Francois) Hollande, so we will remain very close to the Merkel line,” he said.
Influential leader of the Freedom Party Geert Wilders, who brought down the last administration by not supporting Rutte, continues to attack the EU for chipping away Dutch sovereignty.
His anti-Islamic, eurosceptic party is predicted to lose five seats, but this may not happen as many people do not admit to voting for his party.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Moscow claims Ukrainian jet flew close to Malaysian airliner
- 2MH17 flight recorders are handed over by Ukrainian rebels
- 3EU foreign ministers expected to discuss further sanctions on Russia
- 4Israeli bombing in Gaza intensifies as Palestinian death toll mounts
- 5MH17 victims to be taken to the Netherlands – Ukraine Deputy PM
- 1Malaysia Airlines cabin crew traumatised by tragedies
- 2Putin calls for an end to conflict in Ukraine as pressure builds on Moscow
- 3Moscow claims Ukrainian jet flew close to Malaysian airliner
- 4Dutch fury as questions about plane tragedy go unanswered
- 5Ukraine: fresh fighting reported in rebel-controlled Donetsk
- 1298 killed as Malaysia Airlines passenger jet shot down over Ukraine
- 2[LIVE UPDATE] Malaysia Airlines MH17: Dutch forensic team arrives at crash site
- 3‘Lonely and alienated’ Oscar Pistorius involved in nightclub scuffle
- 4Journey to ‘the end of the Earth’ finds giant crater
- 5Ukraine: Black boxes recovered from downed Malaysian airliner
Wires > News
- 09:13 CET India to investigate corruption in healthcare after TV sting…
- 09:03 CET China’s secretive military cracks open door for glimpse inside
- 08:41 CET Two Turkish soldiers killed in clash with suspected smugglers near…
- 08:24 CET Three foreign advisers killed near Kabul airport
- 07:56 CET Philippine Catholic bishops tell Aquino to uphold constitution
- 07:11 CET Indonesia’s likely loser in presidential race tries to delay result
- 07:07 CET Fight against domestic violence stalls in patriarchal Turkey
- 06:29 CET Body of fugitive South Korea ferry businessman found, police say