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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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March 13, 2017

Erdoğan repeats nazism claims despite EU pleas not to escalate row

Turkish president launches fresh verbal attacks on EU countries after senior figures attempt to calm diplomatic tensions

European leaders have told Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to avoid inflammatory language while Ankara threatened sanctions against the Netherlands as diplomatic relations between Turkey and several EU members soured dramatically.

The Turkish president escalated a row over his ministers being barred from holding rallies abroad before a referendum on plans to expand his powers by twice

 
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March 12, 2017

Netherlands ‘will pay the price’ for blocking Turkish visit – Erdoğan

Turkey’s president accuses west of nazism as row escalates after minister is turned away from Rotterdam consulate

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has warned the Netherlands it will “pay the price” for a diplomatic stand-off after a Turkish minister was blocked from visiting her country’s consulate in Rotterdam and tensions between the two countries exploded in angry protests.

Erdoğan described the treatment of Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, minister for families, as shameless and accused the Dutch of “behaving like a banana republic”.

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