Dutch parties compete for coalition membership in emerging populist majority

Election results for the Dutch regional council (Provinces) and members of the Upper House (Senate) published on May 27, 2019, left the prime minister's ruling coalition up two seats, but still six short of a full majority. The current emerging majority is a union between right-wing VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie) and far-right nationalist FvD (Forum voor Democratie) with 12 seats apiece.

VVD and FvD will need either the labor party Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) or the leftwing environmentalist GL's (GroenLinks) to reach a large enough majority in the Senate to approve funding bills or pass legislation. Partij van de Arbeid likes its chances at becoming a coalition partner, given its popularity in the recent European Parliamentary election where it made major gains in the Netherlands. 

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