Populist surge sees setback in Netherlands

Dutch voters decide not to put Geert Wilders at the helm.

The Hague (AFP) – European leaders breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as the pragmatic Dutch plumped for the status-quo, voting Liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte back into power even though the far-right shot up into second place.

“A vote for Europe, a vote against extremists,” Margaritis Schinas, spokesman for EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, said in a Tweet.

After the Brexit blow and Donald Trump’s victory in the US, Wednesday’s general elections was being closely watched across a continent seeking to take the temperature of the rise of populism.

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5 Responses to Populist surge sees setback in Netherlands

  1. Bman says:

    You never see journalists use terms such as “far-left” or “extreme” when talking about liberals.

    • Bill says:

      Yet every right of center politician, person and organization is far right. For once, I would like Sean Spicer or President Trump in a press conference ask some of these writers is there such a thing as far left or even liberal. I can’t remember the last time a leftist senator or congressperson was called liberal; not even Bernie Sanders.

  2. miforest says:

    Great news! Glad to see the dutch final realize that sharia is not a bad thing and that van gogh thing was a one off.

  3. miforest says:

    fat lot of good it will do them , the turks are undetered. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-netherlands-election-turkey-idUSKBN16N14S?il=0

  4. Bill says:

    As I understand it, while Wilders himself may not have won, his party did pick up seats while the ruling party lost seats. Wilders’ party is now the second largest party in their parliament. Perhaps they can parlay that into better success next time.