An anxious Europe has tilted farther to the right after Dutch election results released yesterday indicated a stronger-than-expected showing for anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders.
His Freedom Party came third with 24 seats, up from nine, in the 150-seat parliament.
Mark Rutte's [VVD Party], promising a severe austerity program to tame a swollen deficit, finished first by the slightest of margins, getting 31 seats, compared to the Labour Party's 30 seats.
The Christian Democratic Party tumbled to fourth place, winning 21 seats, compared to 41 in the 2006 election.
That forced the resignation of party leader and former prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, whose government fell earlier this year after he failed to get support to keep combat troops in Afghanistan.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.