Is the far-right headed for victory in the Netherlands? | Netherlands

The Netherlands has long been known as a country of socially liberal values.

But the recent refugee crisis and anti-immigrant sentiments have led to the popularity of far-right groups.

On Wednesday, Dutch voters will decide between two starkly different candidates and parties.

The vote is one of several taking place across Europe this year – including in France, Germany and perhaps Italy.

And it will be the first test for how well far-right candidates will do.

Latest opinion polls suggest the Dutch People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and the far-right Party for Freedom led by Geert Wilders are in a tight race.

Both advocate very different agendas.

The People’s Party is progressive on social issues and fiscal austerity.

While the far-right – whose leader has called Moroccan immigrants ‘Scum’ – wants to close mosques and pull the Netherlands out of the European Union.

So what will a possible far-right win mean for the Netherlands and Europe?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


Jan Kleinnijenhuis – Professor at the Free University of Amsterdam

Saida Derrazi – Member of the Collective Against Islamophobia in the Netherlands

Matthijs Rooduijn – Political Sociologist at Utrecht University

Source: Al Jazeera

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