Anti-EU populists have triumphed in regional elections in the Netherlands, robbing the governing party of its senate majority in a vote held two days after a suspected terror attack in Utrecht.
The Forum for Democracy supports “Nexit”, the Netherlands leaving the EU, and is virulently against immigration and anti-Islam.
It is led by Thierry Baudet, 35, who has aped Donald Trump with “Dutch First” policies , blasted the “cartel” of establishment parties in the Netherlands and railed against the euro.
The Netherlands’ newest party has surged from no seats in the senate to 12 in its first regional elections, which determine the senate’s composition, and where it pocketed the largest number of votes.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’ conservative VVD party lost one seat in the senate, which reviews legislation passed in the more powerful parliament, and now also has 12 seats. The Forum has two parliament seats.
“The voters in the Netherlands have spread their wings and shown their true power,” Mr Baudet said last night, “We have been called to the front because we have to. Because the country needs us. “
“We are standing in the rubble of what was once the most beautiful civilization in the world,” he added.