>> This is the sleepy Dutch fishing village of Volendam. Quiet, clean with little crime and only 3% unemployment, it hardly seems like a hot bed of discontent. Yet, a third of Volendam residents are likely to back this fiery, anti-establishment, anti-immigrant nationalist In upcoming general elections, Geert Wilders, a symbol of a surge of populist leaders across Europe.
Many Reuters spoke with suggested a fear of the future, and problems in the big cities spreading outwards.>>
>> Imagine what a mess it would be at the zoo if all the cages were left open. That's what's happening currently in Europe. All the borders are open and anyone can come inside.
>> On the surface, it would appear to be a time of prosperity for the Netherlands. It's set to be the best performing economy in the Eurozone this year, and its population consistently ranks as among the happiest in the world. But in the country's second largest city Rotterdam, more than a third of its populations are immigrants and the jobless rate is more than 12%.
Both are nationwide highs and the city is a bastion of support for Wilders. An austerity campaign by the national government also hit the middle and lower class Dutch much harder than the rich, stoking perceptions of inequality. This voter is still undecided.>> So much has happened in the world that it's hard to position yourself properly.
So, I don't know who I'll vote for yet.>> Wilders' party is expected to take big gains in parliament, even if it's not enough to put him in power. After Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president, the Netherlands may now write the next chapter for populism's resurgence.