The Netherlands has initiated four days of European Union elections across 27 nations, setting the stage for a crucial democratic exercise expected to highlight the rise of hard-right parties, The Washington Post reported.

Estonia has already commenced its voting period, which spans six days starting from Monday. However, the Netherlands stands out as the only EU country to begin its single-day vote so early.

Ireland will follow suit on Friday, with the rest of the EU nations participating over the weekend. The results of the elections will be announced on Sunday night, culminating in a Europe-wide revelation after all member all states have voted. The Dutch voting comes six months after Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom made big strides in the parliament.

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