Today, there were elections for the European parliament, in Britain; and in the Netherlands.
In other European Union countries, these elections will be on Sunday.
In Britain, the results will not be announced until Sunday night. In the Netherlands however, they are already announced tonight.
In the Netherlands, first exit poll results are:
[the second % with each party is the figure for the last European elections, in 2004]
CDA (Christian Democrat; biggest party in the three party government coalition: 5 seats 24,4% 7 seats
PvdA (somewhat comparable to British Labour; second biggest party in the three party government coalition): 4 seats 23,6% 7 seats
Christen Unie/Reformed Political Party (a coalition of two somewhat fundamentalist Protestant parties. The ChristenUnie is the third biggest party in the three party government coalition): 2 seats 5,9% 2 seats
VVD (a “secular” version of British Conservatives): 3 seats 13,2% 4 seats
D66 (sister party of British Liberal Democrats): 3 seats 4,2% 1 seat
GreenLeft (more like Irish or German than like British Greens): 2 seats 7,4% 2 seats
This video is called Willem Bos discusses the Dutch Socialist Party.
Socialist Party (sister party of Sinn Fein, German Left Party, etc.): 2 seats 7,0% 2 seats.
Newropeans (small new party leed by a businessman): no seats –
Europe, advantageous and sustainable (small new party): no seats –
Solidara (non socialist breakaway from Socialist Party) no seats –
Party for Animals (already represented in national parliament): no seats 3,2 0 seats
European Watchdog Party (Rightist; ex-supporters of the late Pim Fortuijn): no seats 2,6 0 seats
The Greens (small party, “ecofundamentalist”): no seats –
PVV (xenophobe extreme Right, led by Geert Wilders. Islamophobic, like BNP in Britain, NPD in Germany, Le Pen in France, Vlaams Belang in Belgium, etc. But says as it does not want to co-operate with those parties, as they are also anti-Semites, while Wilders‘ rhetoric on the Middle East is more Israeli nationalist than the Israeli government): 4 seats –
Liberal Democratic Party (split from the VVD, considering the VVD too hardline Rightist): no seats –
Party for European Politics (small new party): no seats –
Libertas (small new party. Dutch franchise for pan-European party led by Irish businessman Declan Ganley): no seats –