Netherlands – 2010

Chancellor Forever 2005

Author: GOP Progressive



After the fall of the Balkenende government over the Afghanistan issue, the Netherlands is having early elections.  With the economy and immigration becoming major issues, this election may be one of the most interesting and divisive in the nation’s history. Jan Peter Balkenende, after 8 years as Prime Minister, faces tough challenges from the Labour Party, the resurgent Liberals, and the fast-growing anti-Islam populist right-wing Party for Freedom.  With nine major parties and a highly fragmented electorate, who will emerge as the leading party to govern the Netherlands for another four years?

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