European Elections: Labour, Greens Lead in the Netherlands

According to exit polls, Timmermans's coalition will win 8 seats against 7 for Wilders's right-wing formation

The 2024 European elections began on June 6 with voting in the Netherlands. And final exit polls show an advantage for the Labour Party and Greens coalition led by Frans Timmermans over the right-wing Geert Wilders, who won the most votes in recent political elections.

Timmermans’s pro-Europeans won 8 seats compared to 7 for Wilders’s Party for Freedom (PVV), which is far from defeat anyway, given that it won only one seat in the last European elections. 4 seats will go to the right-wing Liberals of former Prime Minister Mark Rutte, 3 to the Christian Democrats (CDA) and the left-liberal formation D66. The Farmers’ Movement (BBB) will enter the European Parliament with two seats, and only one goes to other government allies of Wilders, the centrists of Pieter Omtzigt, while seemingly falling out of favor is the Forum for Democracy (FVD), a Eurosceptic and sovereigntist force that will get 0 seats from the current 4.

Voter turnout rose from 42% in 2019 to 47% on June 6, 2024, and final figures will not be reported until the evening of June 9, when all the other 27 European Union states also vote.