Socialist Party of the Netherlands: stymied in parliament because quietism outside parliament – by Max Lane

In June and July in the Netherlands, almost all polls were showing a strong surge in support for the Socialist Party (SP). The polls predicted that the SP would increase its seats from 15 to 35 in the 150-seat parliament. The SP was polling as the largest party with about 20% support, ahead of the historical party of social democracy, the Labor Party (PvdA). Various conservative parties, however, led by the dominant party in the government, the VVD, and including the racist, right-wing populist Freedom Party, were still polling together more than 50%.

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