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Dutch voters cast their ballots in EU elections


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Dutch voters cast their ballots in EU elections

Voting is underway in the Netherlands to decide who will represent the country at the European Parliament.

The main groups in the running for the 26 seats up for grabs are Geert Wilders’ anti-EU Freedom Party, the ruling Liberal and Labour Party coalition led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the social-liberal D66 party, which has been campaigning for a “strong Netherlands in a strong Europe”.

The Freedom Party has said it aims to form an alliance with like-minded parties across the bloc, to give what it calls more power back to each EU member state.

Almost 13 million people are eligible to vote in the Netherlands with participation predicted to be low. Polls close at 9pm tonight.

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