November 25, 2006

Can the Dutch Harry Potter Manage This?

Another week, another national election in Europe with no clear winner.

In Wednesday's election all centrist parties lost votes, including Balkenende's Christian Democrats and the Liberals, which together had pushed through a number of business-friendly, freemarket measures in recent years. The Socialist Party, led by a former communist, made the largest gains, nearly tripling its vote on the promise to shield the Dutch from the excesses of economic liberalism.

Guy at A Fistful of Euros runs down how each party did, and discusses the possible coalitions and substantive outcomes of the election (and notes an interesting bit of political trivia: for the first time an animal rights party has won seats in a European parliament).

Posted by armand at November 25, 2006 08:42 AM | TrackBack | Posted to International Affairs

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