MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Wednesday, an exit poll conducted by NOS public broadcaster showed that Rutte’s center-right party secured at least 31 out of a total 150 parliament seats.
"It seems like for third time in a row the VVD is the Netherlands biggest party. Our message to the Netherlands — that we will hold our course, and keep this country safe and stable — got though," Rutte said on Wednesday, as quoted by The Guardian.
"JunckerEU just spoke with @markrutte, congratulated him on clear victory: 'A vote for Europe, a vote against extremists,'" Schinas wrote on Twitter.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also congratulated Rutte in a telephone conversation, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert, quoted by The Guardian.