Voters are going to the polls in the Netherlands in the first of three crucial Eurozone elections this year. The race is dominated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Centre-Right Party and that of Geert Wilders, running on an Anti-Immigration platform.
Wilders has campaigned on anti-immigration and anti-islamic rhetoric. His freedom party had been leading in opinion polls but they have since suggested his support may be slipping. France goes to the polls next month to elect a new president while Germany is due to hold a general election in September.
In the run-up to the vote, party leaders took part in televised debates, with Mr Rutte and Mr Wilders clashing over how to stem immigration. Today’s Election is expected to be followed by protracted coalition talks.