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March 16, 2017

Europe’s governments signal relief after Dutch election defeats far right

Geert Wilders loss in Netherlands hailed by leaders as key moment for tolerant societies and serious politics on continent

European governments facing a rising tide of populism heaved a collective sigh of relief after the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, swept aside the challenge of the anti-Islam, anti-EU, populist. Geert Wilders, in the parliamentary elections.

Angela Merkel was among many EU leaders to congratulate voters on what she called “a good day for democracy”. The German chancellor said she was “very glad”, as she thought many people were, “that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result”.

 
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March 15, 2017

Dutch election: voters go to the polls in the Netherlands – live

Rolling coverage of the Dutch general election as incumbent prime minister Mark Rutte faces challenge by anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders

8.05pm GMT

My colleague Hanna Yusuf, a Dutch speaker who spent part of her childhood in the Netherlands has produced this handy guide to some of the bigger political parties:

People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
Political position: centre-right party
Leader: Mark Rutte (current PM)
Notes: currently in power in a coalition government with the PvdA
The Labour Party [...]

 
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February 23, 2017

Geert Wilders suspends election campaign over alleged security leak

Dutch far-right leader stops campaigning in public for March polls after reports that member of his security team was arrested

The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and his populist Freedom party have suspended all public campaigning for next month’s parliamentary elections following an alleged security leak.

“Very alarming news. The PVV is suspending its public activities until all facts in connection with the corruption investigation are known,” Wilders, the frontrunner in the 15 March election, said on Twitter.

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