It was one of the most closely watched Dutch elections in years. While most of the world was focused only on one party, the radical right populist Party for Freedom (PVV) and its leader Geert Wilders, the Dutch cast their votes widely across 13 parties, several of them winning seats for the first time. No party got more than 22 percent of the vote.
For the rest of the world, the fact that the PVV fared less well than many polls had predicted and was soundly beaten by the center-right Liberal party (VVD, 21.3 percent of the vote and 33 seats) is an understandable cause for celebration. Populism failed its first big test since Trump’s election and Brexit. While its share of the vote (13.1 percent) and seats (20) are an increase from 2012, they are lower than the party garnered in 2010, when this brand of radical populism was on few people’s radar.