Liberals take Dutch election
After rampant speculation that the Dutch elections will mark the rise of populism expected to spread over Europe, the voters came out in droves to elect Mark Rutte's Liberals. Wilders, who had seemed at one point to gain popularity, was summarily rejected at the moment of truth along with his anti-immigrant, anti-euro, and anti-European Union platform, though he did manage to secure 5 seats for his Freedom Party and will probably lead the opposition.
" What a celebration it was for democracy today…After Brexit, after the U.S. elections, the Netherlands said stop to the wrong sort of populism.”
The nationalist sentiment that seemed to be stirring strong enough to lead to Brexit in the U.K and Donald Trump's election in the U.S might have found its obstacle here. As Rutte said " What a celebration it was for democracy today…After Brexit, after the U.S. elections, the Netherlands said stop to the wrong sort of populism.”
Though the Dutch elections did spread some calm, even leading the Euro to its highest level in over a month, there is certainly no time to relax. Brexit has been given the go-ahead, and two more central EU elections are coming up fast in France (May) and Germany (September). A Eurozone break-up might not be weighing heavily today, but it is certainly not out of the running. The French elections will prove to be the next major milestone in the EU journey