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Dutch election results – international media reaction

The turnout in yesterday’s parliamentary election was the lowest since 1998 with 73.8%. The results with??95% of votes having been counted so far are: VVD 41 PvdA 39 PVV 15 SP 15 CDA 13 D66 12 CU 5 GL 3 SGP 3 PvdD 3 50+ 2. Here is some of the reaction from the international […]

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Populism makes them laugh – Wilders and Roemer lasting a marathon of debates

Finally, Election Day. After a short but heated campaign period of little more than two-and-a-half weeks, the Dutch voters are going to the polls. Squeezed in between the summer holidays and an early called election, this short campaign was one to a large degree fought on television. No less than eight televised debates between the […]

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Wilders no longer alone on Europe’s anti-elite trajectory

If Geert Wilders didn???t exist, the electorate would probably have to??invent him. Trust in politicians and political parties is tumbling,??partly driven by a perception of endless spinning, incincerity, and being??generally out of touch. Wilders??? recent success in the??Netherlands is not only about his policies ??? although he does respond??directly to concerns many Dutch voters have […]

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Europe Tracker 10.09.12

The Guardian: The Dutch Socialist Party (SP) are on target to double their seats in the September 12 election. They have campaigned against Europe and national austerity measures. On these issues, the Socialists have taken a similar stance as that taken by the far right Freedom Party (PVV). Together, they are set to take a […]

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Geert Wilders is dead! Long live… Geert Wilders!

When Geert Wilders pulled his support for the Dutch minority government last April, commentators were quick to proclaim the end of his remarkable political success story. According to a Dutch saying (de breker betaalt), the one who ???breaks??? a government pays the price in the next elections. Hence, leading politicians of the two governmental parties, […]

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Why is Geert Wilders struggling in the Dutch election?

From Islamophobia to europhobia The Netherlands has become a laboratory of electoral volatility, political fragmentation and the rise of all sorts of populism. Under the pressures of globalization, de-traditionalization and post-industrialism, the post-war stability of the party political system has been seriously eroded. The christian-democratic and social-democratic people???s parties, once strong pillars of the Dutch […]

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Europe Tracker 03.09.12

The Guardian and The Independent: The decline in popularity of Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedon (PVV) in the Netherlands can be traced back to two months ago when a 63 year old Turkish man was attacked, and later died from his injuries. The couple who inflicted the injuries were named Henk and Ingrid, […]

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Europe Tracker 30.08.12

Telegraph: Richard Millet, a respected French writer and editor, has caused controversy after making claims that Breivik was “without doubt what Norway deserves”. After having read Breivik’s 1,500 word manifesto, Richard Millet, while stating that he does not agree with his actions in the Norway massacre, praised his “cry of hatred for social democracy, immigration […]

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