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GreenLeft did very well in Netherlands election

GreenLeft proves to be big winner in Dutch election Party forecast to boost its MPs from four to 14 after storming campaign by young leader Jesse Klaver, Guardian  , 17 Mar 17, The big winner of Wednesday’s election – and now the largest party of the Dutch left for the first time – was GreenLeft, headed by 30-year-old Jesse Klaver, hailed by his enthusiastic supporters as the “Jessiah”.

With more than 95% of votes counted, the party – formed 25 years ago by a merger of communists, pacifists, evangelicals and self-styled radicals – boosted its MPs from four to 14 after a storming campaign by Klaver.

“This is a fantastic result for us, a historic victory,” said the party chairwoman, Marjolein Meijer.

The result showed there was “very fertile ground in the Netherlands for change and a positive and hopeful story”, she said. “For us this is just the beginning.”……..

The Netherlands’ youngest ever party leader, Klaver built a strong following on social media through small Meetup events after taking over GreenLeft’s leadership in May 2015.

His rallies were among the campaign’s largest, including an Amsterdam meeting that drew more than 5,000 people – plus 5,000 more following live on Facebook.

His TV debates were also widely regarded as triumphs. In one debate watched by 1.6 million viewers, Klaver told his far-right, anti-Islam rival Geert Wilders that it was rightwing populism, not Muslim immigration, that was undermining Dutch culture and traditions. ……


March 17, 2017 - Posted by | EUROPE, politics


  1. Much more than a win for Green-Left, the result of these elections is a crushing blow to the Dutch left wing. Between the 3 of them together, the left wing parties have LESS than what the Labour got in the last elections, and lost over 30% of their seats. I honestly don’t know what the Jessiah has to celebrate, considering his win is more due the loss of the Labour.

    Comment by Michael | March 17, 2017 | Reply

  2. Well, perhaps Labour and the Greens are going to have to work together? I don’t know what Netherlands Labour is like. But from what I’ve seen of Labour in UK, it’s been a sort of pale Tory. Same in Australia.

    Comment by Christina MacPherson | March 18, 2017 | Reply

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