Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dutch Labor exits stage left

GRONINGEN, Netherlands — Set aside, for the moment, the surging far-right leader Geert Wilders or the incumbent, liberal Mark Rutte fighting to hold on to the prime ministership.
The other big story of the Dutch election next month is the collapse of the mainstream left. It goes a long way to explain why this country’s politics are in such turmoil.
Heading into the March 15 poll, low-income voters are souring on Labor, currently the second-largest party in parliament, and migrating to the far right and a smattering of far-left parties.
Polls indicate the Labor party (PvdA) could slip as low as seventh place in the election, abandoned by past voters who say they sold out their left-wing beliefs in the five-year-old government coalition 

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