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 Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders (left) of the PVV party and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  of the VVD Liberal party: victory of latter was widely welcomed in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Angela Merkel and François Hollande, both of whose countries face populist challenges at the polls this year, have led a flood of congratulations afte(...)

Dutch election campaign posters  in front of the Royal Concertgebouw on the Museum Square in Amsterdam.  Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

As Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin vie for financial jobs that may move from London after Brexit, two of Japan’s biggest banks have been quietly building (...)

A protester holds a photo of Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte while he campaigns in The Hague. Photograph: Yves Herman

As the Netherlands goes to the polls to decide whether to back outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte, and his promise of economic stability, or to swing(...)

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders drinks a beer  in a cafe in Volendam on Friday, after he resumed electioneering following a scare over his security. Photograph: Remko de Waal/EPA

As far-right leader Geert Wilders resumes electioneering after a scare over his security last week, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has warned voters(...)

Dutch political party leaders Alexander Pechtold of D66, Emile Roemer of the Socialist Party and Lodewijk Asscher of Labour during a break in a television debate on February 26th. Voters go to the polls on March 15th. Photograph: Bart Maat/ EPA

A fortnight from the Dutch general election, two new polls are suggesting a fall-off in support for far-right leader Geert Wilders and his Freedom Par(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (right) canvassing for votes in his country’s general election in Wormerveer. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte will take part in a head-to-head TV debate with his anti-Islam opponent, Geert Wilders, just two days before the gene(...)

Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader  Geert Wilders: little chance of becoming prime minister because the other parties will refuse to work with him. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

There has been a blizzard of good economic news in these last weeks of the Dutch election campaign, reassuring voters that austerity is a thing of the(...)

Geert Wilders: The controversial Dutch politician goes walkabout in  Spijkenisse during the start of his far-right Freedom Party’s election campaign on Saturday. Photograph: EPA/Koen Van Weel

Geert Wilders, the Netherlands’ anti-Muslim, anti-EU party leader, has promised to crack down on “Moroccan scum” who he said were making the streets u(...)

 Mark Rutte (left), leader of the Dutch liberal party, and Geert Wilders, leader of the right-wing  PVV: they pulled out of a leaders’ TV debate planned by broadcaster RTL, because five parties instead of four were asked to take part. Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/AFP/Getty Images

In a sobering analysis of the political mood less than a month from the general election, the Dutch law society has found that five of the main polit(...)

Geert Wilders says if he wins the popular vote and is excluded from government it will be patently undemocratic. Photograph: Martijn Beekman /AFP/Getty Images

The most depressing thing about the controversial suggestion by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte recently that immigrants who no longer like living in (...)

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