European relief as Dutch snub 'siren song' of far-right

European relief as Dutch snub 'siren song' of far-rightEuropean leaders heaved a sigh of relief Thursday after the Dutch voted Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal party back into power ahead of the far-right, with all eyes turning to polls later this year in France and Germany. “The Dutch election carries the hope of success, not just in keeping Europe together but in… bringing together once again all of our citizens,” said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. After the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US, Wednesday’s election was seen as a gauge of the rise of populism in Europe.

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