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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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The Dutch Elections and the Eurosceptic Paradox

After a short but hectic election campaign the Dutch voter has spoken. And she has spoken very differently at the polls than in the opinion polls. Depending upon the polling agency, opinion polls from the last days were roughly 20 to 25 seats (out of 150!) wrong in their predictions. According to the first results, […]

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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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Squashed tomatoes – will the Socialist Party miss the target?

Just three weeks before the September 12 elections, the Socialist Party (SP) was leading Dutch opinion polls with a projected seat share in the high thirties (parliament, the Tweede Kamer, numbers 150). This result promised a sensation: first because it would put the SP (a formerly Maoist party once mainly notorious for pelting opponents with […]

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Europe Tracker 06.09.12

Associated Press: The leader of the German far right party, National Democratic Party (NDP), Holger Apfel claims that he is directing his party towards the mainstream as the banning of the party is considered. However there are signs that Apfel does not fully support his own message, such as calling Marcel Nguyen, a half-Vietnamese gymnast who competed […]

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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 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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Europe Tracker 28.08.12

Jerusalem Post: Mohamed Merah, who killed 3 soldiers, 4 Jews and injured 5 others in Toulouse in March is no longer considered to have been a ‘lone wolf terrorist’ as links to a wider network have emerged. He had been put on surveillance by the security services since 2009 “for his relationships with radical Islamists in Toulouse” including […]

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European Tracker 24.08.12

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “Representative of the prominent American Jewish groups denied Dutch media reports that they had funded Geert Wilders”. The source of the allegation was Winn Kortenoeven, a former member of Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) , who claims he was misquoted, and merely said that the groups supported Wilders’ views on Israel. Geert […]

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