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The Dutch Election Was a Bellwether, and Populism Lost

'We want to stick to the course we have—safe and stable and prosperous'

(Newser) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday claimed a dominating parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who failed the year's first litmus test for populism in Europe. The main exit poll suggested Rutte's party won 31 seats in the 150-member legislature, 12 more than Wilders' party,... More »

Turkish Prez: 'Nazism Is Alive in the West'

Things are deteriorating rapidly between Turkey, Netherlands

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drove his dispute with European nations to the hilt Sunday, boldly claiming that "Nazism is alive in the West" and calling on international organizations to "raise their voices" and enact sanctions against the Netherlands after it escorted a minister out of the country... More »

Putin Gets 'One Last Chance' Amid World Anger

Dutch PM Mark Rutte says he pressured Russian leader

(Newser) - Leaders around the world are exerting pressure on Vladimir Putin—especially Dutch PM Mark Rutte, who says he gave Russia's leader a mouthful over the handling of remains from Malaysia Airlines MH17, the Guardian reports. In a "very intense" conversation, Rutte said he gave Putin "one last... More »

Dutch Government Falls in Austerity Crisis

PM Mark Rutte gives bad news to the queen

(Newser) - The Dutch government, one of the most vocal critics of European countries failing to rein in their budgets, quit today after failing to agree on a plan to bring its own deficit in line with EU rules. Prime Minister Mark Rutte tendered the resignation of his entire Cabinet to Queen... More »

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