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European relief as Dutch snub ‘siren song’ of far-right

THE HAGUE: European leaders heaved a sigh of relief on 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…

High turnout as Dutch vote in Europe’s first far-right test

THE HAGUE: Millions of Dutch flocked to the polls Wednesday in a test of the "patriotic revolution" promised by far-right Geert Wilders, with Europe closely watching the outcome amid signs his support may be waning. Following last year's shock Brexit referendum, and Donald Trump's victory in the US, the Dutch vote is seen as a gauge of populism on the continent ahead of key elections in France and Germany this year. The Dutch election has also been gatecrashed by an explosive row with Turkey. Turkish President Recep…