First estimations of the European Elections in the Netherlands

The Netherlands and the United Kingdom were the first to vote in the European elections on 23rd May. In the Netherlands, according to the first estimates, the Labour Party (PvdA) led by Frans Timmermans, the European socialists’ candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, surged ahead of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Forum for Democracy (FvD), which the polls forecast to be the winners. With around 18.4% of the vote the PvdA is due to win 5 of the 26 seats allocated to the Netherlands in the European Parliament,  the VVD, with 15% of the vote, is due to win 4 seats and the FvD with 11% of the vote, three. D66 is due to win 2 seats, Groenlinks 3, and 50 PLUS and the Socialist Party one each. The Animals Party and the Freedom Party (PVV) are due to lose their seats. The official results will be published on Sunday evening, after the end of voting in the 28 Member States.