“I was at a birthday party last week,” says Sharda Ramdihal, who moved to the Netherlands from Suriname almost 40 years ago. “Of the 50 people there, every single one of them said they are voting for Geert Wilders.”
Ramdihal works behind the bar in the Transvaal neighbourhood of the Hague, the Dutch political capital. It’s a mixed neighbourhood filled with Surinamese restaurants, Turkish barbers and Moroccan coffeehouses. Almost 90 per cent of the inhabitants have an immigrant background.
Her bar’s clientele is a mix of young men from a mix of ethnic backgrounds, playing cards or watching football on a big