Elections in Netherlands and France

March 15, 2017

 

 

In the Netherlands (Holland) — there is a general election to pick the next Prime Minister of the country in an election with two leading campaigners who have very different views about the future of Europe and immigration. 

 

The two front-runners are current Prime Minister Mark Rutte against Geert Wilders, who has risen in popularity for making promises to ban the Quran, close all mosques, closing the borders to refugees, and doing a “Brexit” style pull-out of the European Union. The results will be known tomorrow morning their time (late tonight our time). The results will show the mood in the Netherlands on feelings of whether Europe should remain united with religious freedom and open borders — or if Holland should close off its borders and have strong measures against Islam. Rutte has a narrow lead in the polls. 

 

Another big election in Europe is France — they will elect their new president — with a similar top-two frontrunner competition between “moderate” Republican Francois Fillon vs right-wing and populist candidate Marine Le Pen, who has shown strong opposition to immigration and views against Islam. Le Pen is leading in the polls. There will be a two-round election in April and May, with the first to determine the top two and the second to decide the winner. 

 

We’ll see what happens in Europe. 

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