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Brexiteers should pray Geert Wilders doesn't get anywhere near power today

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders and France's far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen take a selfie
Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders and France's far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen take a selfie. Credit: Alessandro Garofalo /Reuters 

Today the Dutch go to the polls in what has become one of the most unpredictable and inflammatory general elections to date. As a British-Dutch national I will be nervously awaiting the outcome; no doubt many more in UK will be joining me given the Netherlands position as a key ally in Brexit negotiations.

The Dutch campaign has been fiery, climaxing in the past couple of days with a diplomatic clash with Turkey. Difficulties around Muslim integration have led to Geert Wilders’ prominence and Dutch identity and values are central to the campaign.

The Prime Minister’s party, the VVD, has recently taken over the lead in the polls, however the recent difficulties with Turkey might provide Wilders with the final push he is looking for.

Elections in the Netherlands have always been contested by a patchwork of parties. A record number of 31 parties have registered to take part in the March 15 election...

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