Socialists ahead of VVD in new poll

The Socialist Party has grown into the third most popular party in the Netherlands, according to the latest TNS Nipo poll. The poll gives the SP 25 seats in the next parliament, with the Liberals (VVD) on 24. Party leader Jan Marijnissen said in the Volkskrant it was ‘an historic moment’.

The Netherlands is currently ruled by a Christian Democrat/VVD coalition. The new poll puts the CDA on 39 seats and the Labour party (PvdA) on 35. Last week, both parties had 38. The Dutch lower house of parliament has 150 seats.
VVD leader Mark Rutte told the Volkskrant that his party’s campaign had just begun. ‘We are going all out to improve our position. We still have two weeks,’ he said.
The general election takes place on November 22.

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