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Indeed, the most recent polls have shown the right-wing People's Party of Freedom and Democracy (VVD) of current Prime Minister Mark Rutte leading the way. The negotiations to form the coalition generally take several weeks.

The question, analysts say, is whether the strong position of Rutte about Ankara and his refusal to allow Turkish ministers to make their campaign for the upcoming referendum in Turkey will help him win more votes. There is no prospect of retaining that majority, but there are plenty of other mainstream parties as potential coalition partners.

"I have the impression that we could have a huge bump there".

Governing in coalition with the centre-right VVD, the Labor party has seen its fortunes plummet and flat-line since taking 38 seats in the 2012 elections.

Labour Party leader Lodewijk Asscher called Mr Wilders a man of "10,000 angry tweets and no solutions".

The Dutch election, which has been overshadowed by the diplomatic crisis between The Netherlands and Turkey, could see the anti-euro, anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) score its best result since its creation in 2006, according to polls. The so-called "Cordon Sanitaire" was introduced after nationalist party Flemish Interests, previously known as the Flemish Bloc, won big.

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During a final televised debate Tuesday night among leaders from the parties vying for seats and control of the government, Wilders piled on the anti-Islam invective while Rutte played up his leadership experience.

Is the far-right headed for victory in the Netherlands? Any votes for neo-fascism are too many, but it's still worth stressing that 85% of Dutch voters are steering clear of the PVV's extremism. "So in a way, those who are excluded can still influence the ones in power".

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When the new coalition is agreed, it's therefore likely to include the ruling People's Party. He's become arguably the most recognizable face of the far-right in Europe.

After the Netherlands, the French presidential election will take place in April and May and in September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be seeking a fourth term. In the final round of a vote in 2002, a nationwide effort to block Front Nationale was among the factors enabling incumbent president Jacques Chirac to get reelected.

The Dutch politician past year also showed his support for the American Republican businessman in the 2016 US Presidential elections and adopted the slogan "Make the Netherlands Great Again".

"That is a totally fake solution", Mr Rutte shot back, "you want Nexit, you want the Netherlands out of Europe".

A radically different narrative is needed, an idea or vision that may not sweep the polls just yet but that could, like Fortujn 15 years ago, suddenly attract a groundswell of support.

Rutte repeated he would not cooperate with Wilders' party. "No".

Led by 32-year-old Jesse Klaver, the party has garnered appeal among younger voters.


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