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Rutte tipped by politicians to be the prime minister again

Wednesday 30 May 2012

Some 60% of Dutch politicians expect VVD leader Mark Rutte to remain prime minister after the September general election, according to the NRC on Wednesday afternoon.

Although the Socialists are doing well in the opinion polls, just 7% of the 4,500 local councillors, MPs and European parliamentarians who took part expect SP leader Emile Roemer to be prime minister.

Labour's leader Diederick Samsom is named by 9% as the next PM.

A majority also think the two Liberal parties, VVD and D66, will form the backbone of the next government, followed by the Christian Democrats, GroenLinks and Labour. Just one in five of the politicans who took part in the survey would like the SP to be part of the new coalition.

Geert Wilders' anti-Islam PVV is also out of favour. Just 4% think the party likely to be part of the next government. And while 42% said they backed the PVV's involvement in the previous coalition, just 26% now think it was a good idea.

The coalition collapsed at the end of April when Wilders pulled out of austerity talks after seven weeks.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Anything to keep Wilders out is good.

By poeliewoepsie | 30 May 2012 2:21 PM

Hopefully Mark Rutte WILL NOT be the next Prime minister. We need somebody with backbone this time.

By radio junkie | 30 May 2012 4:38 PM

If politicians knew anything we wouldnt be in the mess we are.

By Robert | 30 May 2012 6:58 PM

Is this country so lacking in political talent that they would choose someone who has already proved that they can not form a reasonable cabinet and who made back-hand deals with people like Geert Wilders? No CEO would ever be asked to return after a fiasco like this. Are 60% of Dutch politicians this niave? Let's hope the voters prove them wrong.

By Quest | 31 May 2012 12:48 AM

This sounds like quite depressing news, pretty scary, like weed passes, confiscating passports, banning head-ware, phone tapping bla bla..


By The visitor | 31 May 2012 11:45 PM

I don't understand why Wilders had to back the former government but couldn't officially be part of the coalition, this is an insult to democracy & to the millions of people who voted for him, it's fascism in the form of political correctness at the highest level. Maybe if we woke up to this rubbish the whole system + country wouldn't be in such a mess.

By Phil | 1 June 2012 6:04 AM

@Quest, "is this country so lacking in political talent...?"
Oh yes. This one, and most of the other ones, and let's not get into the mess that it's Brussels. None of them have an effing clue about what to do - right now, the European political "elite" are running around like chickens without a head, increasing taxes, cutting costs and banning things. And taking care of themselves because they know we're not getting out of this hole for at least the next 20 years.

By Alice | 1 June 2012 6:53 AM

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