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HOW GEERT WILDERS LOST POWER BUT GAINED INFLUENCE IN THE NETHERLANDS

Posted by hkarner - 19. März 2017

Date: 18-03-2017
Source: NewsWeek

Populists helped move the nation’s mainstream parties to the right and transformed political norms despite falling short at the polls.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte wins election: Netherlands says no to ‘wrong kind of populism‘

As results flooded in after the Dutch general election, incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte was beaming.

The country, he said, had hit back against far-right, anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and the hate he espoused. Wilders’s Party for Freedom came a distant second, with 20 seats, to Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, which won 33. “The Netherlands said: ‘Whoa!’ to the wrong kind of populism,” Rutte told supporters at a rally. Headlines proclaimed that, despite the nativist insurgencies of 2016, the Dutch had rallied in support of the liberal center.

But the truth is not that simple. Wilders is out of power, but his influence is everywhere. He has shown how populists can transform political norms, even when they lose. Rutte’s party responded to rising populism in the Netherlands by toughening its stance on immigration. Case in point: During the campaign, Rutte took out an ad in a Dutch paper that urged migrants in the Netherlands to “be normal or go away.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Wilders vs. Spinoza

Posted by hkarner - 17. März 2017

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Open up: The Dutch election suggests a new kind of identity politics

Posted by hkarner - 16. März 2017

Date: 16-03-2017
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne

Identity does not have to be the exclusive preserve of the far right

WILL no one stand up for the Dutch cosmopolitan elite? For many observers of this week’s election in the Netherlands there was only one story: the fate of Geert Wilders, the bottle-blond nativist who wants to ban the Koran and exit the European Union. Rare was the bar in Limburg, Mr Wilders’s home province, left unmolested by journalists expecting Dutch voters to deliver a populist hat-trick, following the triumphs of Brexit and Donald Trump. The young, educated urbanites of Amsterdam’s Canal District or Haarlem barely got a look-in. And yet in an election with many subplots, theirs was among the more arresting.

Though Mr Wilders disappointed on election day, he remains more than an irritant. With 20 seats in the new 150-seat parliament, he may well lead the opposition to whatever government emerges from the electoral mélange produced on March 15th. His vicious brand of anti-Islam populism is no less shocking for its familiarity (Mr Wilders founded his Freedom Party in 2006, and he is not the first peddler of xenophobia to Dutch voters). And opposition presents no impediment to his influence. Before the election Mr Wilders told an interviewer that by tugging other parties in his direction, he had already won. In a way, he was right. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Dutch Voters Rebuff Anti-Immigration Candidate

Posted by hkarner - 16. März 2017

Date: 16-03-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Prime Minister Mark Rutte achieved goal of finishing ahead of anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders

Preliminary results published after Wednesday’s Dutch election put the anti-immigration Party for Freedom led by Geert Wilders, shown, behind Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s conservatives.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—The Dutch political establishment held on to power Wednesday, despite losing votes to anti-immigrant nationalists and other upstart parties, according to preliminary results published after the country’s most closely watched election in recent times.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy won the most seats, putting Mr. Rutte in a strong position to form a new ruling coalition.

Mr. Rutte achieved his goal of finishing ahead of anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders , whose Party for Freedom wants to halt Muslim immigration and leave the European Union. The key to Mr. Rutte’s win was offering his own, gentler version of anti-immigrant populism during the campaign. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Die Niederländer verlieren die Geduld mit Europa

Posted by hkarner - 28. Februar 2017

Date: 28-02-2017
Source: Die Welt

Reich, wettbewerbsfähig: Die Niederländer gelten als Musterschüler in Europa. Doch kurz vor den Wahlen gibt das Parlament eine brisante Studie zum Euro in Auftrag. Erinnerungen an den Brexit werden wach.

Die Niederlande sind eine beneidenswerte Nation – sogar aus deutscher Sicht. Das Land hat eine Arbeitslosenquote von 5,4 Prozent, ein Wirtschaftswachstum von über zwei Prozent und exportiert pro Kopf gesehen doppelt soviel wie die Bundesrepublik.

Die Niederländer sind statistisch gesehen acht Prozent reicher als die Bundesbürger, haben die Deutschen sogar im Wettbewerbsranking des Weltwirtschaftsforums überholt und gelten als besser vorbereitet für die Digitalisierung. Sprich: Unser Nachbar ist das Vorzeigeland der Euro-Zone. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Phänomen Geert Wilders: „Alle dachten, das geht vorbei“

Posted by hkarner - 18. Februar 2017

Date: 17-02-2017
Source: SPIEGEL

wilders-ccGeert Wilders fordert den EU-Austritt der Niederlande, er will den Koran verbieten und Grenzen schließen. Der Soziologe Paul Schnabel erklärt den Erfolg des Rechtspopulisten – und warum er lange unterschätzt wurde.

Paul Schnabel, 68, leitete 15 Jahre lang das Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau, ein Sozialforschungsinstitut, das die niederländische Regierung berät. Der Soziologe ist Professor der Universität Utrecht und vertritt die liberale Partei D66 seit zwei Jahren in der Ersten Kammer des Parlaments.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mitte März wählen die Niederländer, laut Umfragen könnte der Rechtspopulist Geert Wilders mit fast 20 Prozent der Gewinner werden. Warum kommt er bei vielen Menschen so gut an?

Paul Schnabel: Uns geht es gesamtwirtschaftlich besser als Deutschland, besagen Studien. Wir sind unter den reichsten Ländern der Welt, der Wohlstand ist fast so gerecht verteilt wie in Skandinavien, die Staatsschulden sinken, ebenso die Arbeitslosigkeit. Aber trotzdem herrscht eine irrationale Unzufriedenheit, nach dem Motto: Mir geht es gut, aber uns geht es schlecht. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Euroland: Will the Netherlands Be the Next Domino To Fall?

Posted by hkarner - 15. Februar 2017

Posted on February 15, 2017 by , Naked Capitalismsmith-yves-cc

By Servaas Storm, a Dutch economist and author who works on macroeconomics, technological progress, income distribution & economic growth, finance, development and structural change, and climate change. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website

Austerity has nurtured resentments that will likely make the populist right PVV the biggest winner in the March 17 election — but without the majority or the allies needed to govern.

he Dutch go the polls on March 15, a few weeks ahead of the French vote to choose the successor to Président François Hollande and well before Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel seeks a fourth term in September. The Dutch vote takes on a wider European significance, however, because Dutch voters — who rebelled against a EU ‘constitution’ in 2005 and last year rejected the association treaty between the EU and Ukraine in a referendum — have in the past proved to be a good gauge of European sentiment. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Niederlande vor der Wahl: Wilders trumpt auf

Posted by hkarner - 6. Februar 2017

Date: 05-02-2017
Source: DER SPIEGEL

wilders-ccRechtspopulist Wilders sieht sich als Donald Trump der Niederlande, die etablierten Parteien passen sich dem Hetzer an. Den Niederlanden droht eine Chaos-Wahl.

Was sich in den Niederlanden anbahnt, muss Europas Rechtspopulisten wie ein Traum vorkommen: Der Islamverächter und EU-Gegner Geert Wilders führt seit Herbst deutlich in beinahe allen Umfragen. Es sieht aus, als werde seine Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) in rund sechs Wochen die stärkste Partei bei den Parlamentswahlen.

Besonders beim Front National (FN) in Frankreich und bei der AfD in Deutschland drücken sie Wilders die Daumen. Die einen hoffen auf Rückenwind bei der Präsidentschaftswahl im April, die anderen für die Bundestagswahl im September.

Die Umfrage, die Wilders am weitesten vorn sieht, kommt vom Meinungsforscher Maurice de Hond. Vier Tage nachdem Donald Trump im November die US-Präsidentschaftswahl gewonnen hatte, zog Wilders‘ PVV an den Kontrahenten vorbei – und die Spitzenposition hat die Ein-Mann-Partei seither nicht mehr abgegeben. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The EU’s New Bomb Is Ticking in the Netherlands

Posted by hkarner - 22. November 2016

Date: 21-11-2016
Source: The Wall Street Journal By SIMON NIXON

A referendum law has given Dutch euroskeptics a powerful tool to block deeper European integration, and then some.

wilders-ccGeert Wilders, leader of the right-wing Party for Freedom. A new generation of Dutch euroskeptics have come up behind him and pose perhaps an even greater challenge to the EU.

THE HAGUE—If the European dream is to die, it may be the Netherlands that delivers the fatal blow. The Dutch general election in March is shaping up to be a defining moment for the European project.

The risk to the European Union doesn’t come from Geert Wilders, the leader of anti-EU, anti-immigration Party for Freedom. He is well ahead in the polls and looks destined to benefit from many of the social and economic factors that paved the way for the Brexit and Trump revolts.

But the vagaries of the Dutch political system make it highly unlikely that Mr. Wilders will find his way into government. As things stand, he is predicted to win just 29 out of the 150 seats in the new parliament, and mainstream parties seem certain to shun him as a coalition partner. In an increasingly fragmented Dutch political landscape, most observers agree that the likely outcome of the election is a coalition of four or five center-right and center-left parties. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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