The #election in #Netherlands to parliament had aroused a lot of interest in Europe, the USA, Russia, and the UK. This was because there was an attempt by a far right candidate to emerge as a new power point. The aim was to reverse the ongoing attitude towards Muslim migrants and the complete unification of Europe. The man Gert #Wilder had made Donald Trump his model. Unfortunately Gert could not win as was hoped by him. But significantly he and his party increased their vote share and seats in the Dutch parliament.
For the moment the voters have not given the mandate to Gert, but there is no guarantee that he will remain in the wilderness.
In case some more terror attacks take place and many citizens are killed, the population may be sufficiently alarmed to vote him in. So it's not the end of the world for him. Has Gert Wilders become insignificant? Frankly no. These results show that the PVV has increased its vote share and he has 5 more seats in parliament. He is second after the VVD.The fact is the Dutch system of election militates against a single party winning. If this system was followed in America, Donald would never have won.
In a way, this election result is beneficial to Gert. He has now no responsibility and he can play the part of the opposition and agitate against the government. A pertinent point is that Wilders gained 5 seats but the man fighting to stay in power Mark Rutte lost 8 seats. So the result has to be interpreted keeping all these facts in mind.
The Netherlands is a bit player in West Europe but its significance is that in case it had voted for Gert, a victory for the far right in France would have been more likely.
As things stand there does not appear to be a chance of Marine Le Pen winning the French presidentship.
The problems of the EU are not going to end. The union is creaking and with the UK out, a major player has left the scene. Gert will also have to think of something else to come to power the next time. But he will have to wait for 5 years and that is a long time.