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Rural populist party emerges as big winner in Dutch elections

Success of Farmer-Citizen Movement in provincial vote is heavy blow to Mark Rutte’s four-party coalition

A new populist party surfing a wave of rural anger at government environmental policies has emerged as the big winner in Dutch provincial elections, dealing a heavy blow to the four-party coalition of the prime minister, Mark Rutte.

The success of the Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB) in Wednesday’s vote, which will determine the make-up of the senate, casts doubt over the government’s ability to pass key legislation, including its plans to slash nitrogen emissions.

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