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Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, at a rally in Prague Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, at a rally in Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic, April 25, 2019 (CTK photo by Michal Kamaryt via AP Images).

Why the Once-Rising Far Right Is Now Waning in the Netherlands

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

AMSTERDAM—It wasn’t long ago that the far right was surging in the Netherlands. Anti-immigrant politicians were dominating the political debate and energizing their followers with an intensity that traditional mainstream politicians appeared incapable of matching. The Dutch seemed on track to move away from their near-legendary penchant for compromise, ready to trade it in for the kind of resurgent nationalism seen in other parts of Europe and across the Atlantic. But then something unexpected happened. The energy suddenly drained out of this far-right populist movement.

The Dutch far right has had at least two high points in recent years. In 2016, Geert Wilders’ anti-immigrant Party for Freedom, or PVV, was leading in the polls, threatening to become the biggest party in parliament. It ultimately became the second largest, but more recently, in March, a new nationalist party, the Forum for Democracy, or FvD, sent shockwaves across the political landscape by winning more votes than any other party in provincial elections, making it the biggest party in the Dutch Senate. ...

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