The results of our elections are with an understatement rather difficult... being a country where most ot the time more than 2 parties are necessary to get a majority in the parliament there has to be a lot of compromising between the parties to develop a governmentagreement... The "winner" of the elections is the VVD... a slightly liberal partie , considered "right" (we have a distinction between "right" and "left" and "conservative" and "progressive" and "liberal") they got 31 of the 150 available seats. the pvda (slightly "left" and considered mildly progressive) got 30 seats, the PVV from Wilders got 24 seats . the christen democrats (in history almost always the 1st or 2nd partie lost dramatically (from 41 to 21 seats) It is in our sytem usual for the largest partie to start the negotiatons for the forming of a coalition... i.c the vvd.... (it's also custom to start the negotiations with the "winners" i.c. pvv (from 9 to 24 seats) In short they have 3 possibilities (actually 5, but a minority coalition or new elections aren't wise or desirable) 1) go over "right"... vvd, pvv and cda (the christen democrats) they would have 76 seats ... the smallest majority...plus the fact that pvv is a very compromising partie with their view at the islam plus the fact that cda is not keen on this coalition (they also lost significant amount of seats) 2) go over "left"... the `progressive`solution )it´s called overhere `purple plus`... that means vvd, pvda, d66 ( liberal) and groen links (a environment, slight progressive and "left" partie) they would have ca 83 seats.... but the opinions on how certain problems (economic crisis, health, etc) should be handled are very different... 3) a coalition of national unity .. vvd, pvda and cdA to ensure some kind of stability......but this would mean a coalition with two former coalition partners (pvda and cda) they lost seats.... and it would be ignoring the message from over 1.5 milion people who voted the pvv... which in my opinion is a vote out of unhappiness with the way things go... there are some interesting days ahead for the netherlands.... (it's btw very difficult to explain some of the dutch complex political system in english...) @hush.. how is it for you in belgium? I read in the newspaper today that it seems the flamish separatist partie is likely going to win??