European leaders shouldn't breathe too big a sigh of relief if Wilders does not gain power

Such is the fragmented state of the Dutch political system that a party can “win” a general election on little more than a quarter of the popular vote, and much less than that as proportion of the total adult population.

Thus, even if Geert Wilders and his extremist Freedom Party “wins” the general election by coming first in terms of the popular vote or in seats in parliament, there is little chance of him either governing alone or in coalition. No other party will deal with him and, as if to pre-empt their post-poll rejection of collaboration with him, he

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