Untried Dutch leftists ride austerity anger to poll lead

August 26, 2012 11:06


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AMERSFOORT - An untested leftist party is taking the lead ahead of the Dutch election next month, reflecting resentment over austerity and signalling that one of the euro zone's core northern countries could reject German demands to tighten public deficits.

Opinion surveys show the Socialist Party could out-poll the pro-business Liberal Party on September 12, suggesting it can win between a fifth and a quarter of the seats in parliament.

That would put the Socialist Party and its leader, Emile Roemer, in a position to form a coalition where they can influence policy on Europe despite having no experience of government beyond the local level.

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