There’s a saying in the Netherlands: “Act normal, that is crazy enough”. It seems that the Dutch who voted in yesterday’s general election felt the same way.
The exciting election resulted in a record turnout (82%) and produced a clear winner: the VVD, party of current Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.
Rutte’s right-of-centre VVD outperformed the far-right party of Geert Wilders, despite the two having been more or less tied in the polls during the campaign.
Post-election, the political landscape is fragmented which means the formation of the next coalition government could be a long and difficult process.
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Authors: Hans Hack is a Senior Managing Director/Head of Financial Services and Joost Koomen, Senior Director at FTI Consulting in Brussels.