Dutch PM Rutte scores big victory over far
By Toby Sterling and Anthony Deutsch
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) Dutch centre right Prime Minister Mark Rutte scored Canada Goose Online a resounding victory over anti Islam and anti EU Geert canada goose coats Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other canada goose outlet toronto factory governments across Europe facing a wave of nationalism.
Rutte declared it an in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said to the wrong kind of populism.
Rutte received congratulatory messages from European leaders and spoke with some by telephone. The euro gained as the results pointed to a clear Rutte victory.
Experts canada goose said Rutte won on a mix canada goose deals of factors, not all of which may apply to France, whose political establishment faces a challenge from a far right populist Marine Le Pen next month.
Moreover a number of parties including Rutte VVD and the third place Christian Democrat party (CDA) have already adopted most of Wilders canada goose replica anti immigration platfom, if not his fiery anti Islam rhetoric.
profited from moving to the right, but also from Wilders having radicalized a lot over the last years and being invisible in the campaign, said canada goose outlet store locations Cas Mudde, associate professor at the University of Georgia, referring to Wilders decision to forego election debates until the final week of the Canada Goose Coats On Sale campaign.
top of that, Turkish President (Tayyip) Erdogan gave (Rutte) a beautiful gift.
Rutte got a last minute boost from a diplomatic row with Turkey, which allowed him to take a tough line on a majority Muslim country during an election campaign in which immigration and integration have been key issues.
Wilders said he had not achieved the electoral victory he had 2018 canada goose outlet hoped for but was ready to offer tough opposition.
would rather have been the largest party. but we are not a party that has lost. We gained seats. cheap Canada Goose That a result to be proud of, Wilder told journalists.
With around 95 percent of votes counted, Rutte VVD Party won related site 33 of parliament 150 seats, canada goose coats on sale down from 41 at the last vote in 2012. Wilders Party for Freedom (PVV) was second with 20, the CDA and centrist Democrats 66 tied for third with 19 each, data provided by the ANP news agency showed.
At 78 percent, turnout was the highest in a decade in an election that was canada goose clearance a test of whether the Dutch wanted to end decades of liberalism and choose a nationalist, anti immigrant path by voting buy canada goose jacket cheap for Wilders and his promise to the Netherlands and quit the European Union.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the VVD liberal party leaves Canada Goose sale parliament in The Hague, Netherlands, March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kooren
The canada goose black friday sale result was a relief to mainstream parties across Europe, particularly in France and Germany, where right wing nationalists hope to make a big impact in elections this year, potentially posing an existential threat to the EU.
Le Pen is set to make France presidential election run off in May after a first round in canada goose clearance sale April, while eurosceptic, anti immigrant Alternative for Germany is likely to enter the German federal parliament for the first time in a September election.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, could not restrain his joy, tweeting: Netherlands, oh the Netherlands you are a champion!. Congratulations on this great result.
France Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault tweeted: to the Dutch for stemming the rise of the far right.
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The exit polls helped the euro rise to its highest against the dollar since Feb. 7.
REAL BELLWETHER IS FRANCE But Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell Canada Goose Jackets University in the United States, said defeat for Wilders, who has been in parliament for nearly two decades, should not be considered a sign that European populism is waning.
does not represent a Canada Goose Outlet populist wave. Rather, he is part of the political landscape and how his party fares does not Canada Goose Parka tell us much about European populism, she said.
real bellwether election will be Marine Canada Goose online Le Pen quest for the French presidency, starting April 23 that canadian goose jacket is where the populist action is and that is what we should be focusing upon.
The spat did not hurt the chances of Denk, a party supported by Dutch Turks, which looked set to https://www.getcanadagooseoutlet.ca win three seats, becoming the first ever ethnic minority party in parliament, in a possible sign of deepening ethnic division.
But, while Rutte averted what in the early stages of the campaign looked like a possible victory for Wilders, years of austerity pushed down his buy canada goose jacket share of canada goose store the vote. His junior partner in the outgoing coalition, Labour, suffered its worst ever result, winning just nine seats, down from 38 last time.
That means it will likely take months for Rutte to negotiate a ruling coalition, with at least three other parties needed to reach a majority in parliament.
Wilders declared in a Tweet: has not seen the last of me yet!!
His result is well down from his 2010 high of 24 seats while support for the two most pro EU parties, the progressive D66 and GreenLeft, was way up.