Thierry Baudet could become 'kingmaker
Thierry Baudet, leader of the anti-establishment Forum for Democracy, believes he will hold all the cards when the country votes in March's general election.
The 34-year-old has swept into the public consciousness in the past year, off a wave of anti-establishment sentiment and his calls for a more direct democracy.
If, as he predicts, his minority party wins enough parliamentary seats, he will be in a position to form a coalition with the Party for Freedom, led by the controversial Geert Wilders.
Mr Wilders has been called the "Dutch Trump", a right-wing firebrand whose inflammatory anti-Islamic rhetoric echoes that of the new US President.
But his populist stance has nevertheless propelled his party to the top of the opinion polls, in a country widely regarded as one of the most progressive and tolerant in Europe.
Mr Wilders is unlikely to garner enough votes to form a government outright, and will need to negotiate a coalition if he is to take power.
None of the main opposition parties are willing to team up with the Freedom Party – but Mr Baudet is.
Mr Baudet, a journalist and former university professor, told the Sunday Times he did not agree with Mr Wilders extremist policies on Islam, which include banning the Koran and closing mosques.
Baudet and journalist Jan Roos petitioning for the referendum on the EU Ukraine Treaty
However, he said he was willing to do a deal in order to "team up with Britain" and make "Nexit" a reality.
And in a nod to Mr Trump's rise to power in America, he added: "We have the Atlantic world of change on our side."
Mr Baudet rose to prominence last year when he led a think tank that won a referendum opposing an EU treaty creating closer political and economic ties with Ukraine. The think tank then became the political party he leads.
The rise of anti-establishment sentiment in the Netherlands, with an emphasis on controlling migration, is symptomatic of the growing populist movement across the Western world.
Much like in the UK, where traditional party loyalties are becoming blurred in favour of either a pro-EU or anti-EU stance, experts in the Netherlands have noted the political climate becoming far more unpredictable.
A right-wing coalition in the Hague would continue the domino effect of the shock victories for Brexit and Trump, which could be followed with a win for National Front leader Marie Le Pen in the French Presidential elections in April.