Thierry Baudet: not your typical populist

03/29/2019

The latest challenge to the European Union political oligarchy comes from the Netherlands, where Thierry Baudet and his Forum voor Democratie emerged as the main winner in last week's provincial elections. What is particularly interesting about the success of the FvD is that it took votes from three of the four parties of the ruling coalition, as well as from the left-wing Socialist Party and Geert Wilders' right-wing Party for Freedom. Its success demonstrates that the contemporary political terrain is hospitable to movements that can appeal to people's aspiration for solidarity and for a culture that is positive about national sovereignty.