In the Netherlands, Freedom party leader Geert Wilders is on track to win the Dutch elections according to the latest polls. These are the first national elections in Europe since Trump took office and are set for March 15th, 2017.
The third consecutive cabinet of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been sworn after a record 225 days of negotiations since the March election. His new coalition is set to move the Netherlands further to the right.
With his first-place finish in the Netherlands' elections, Mark Rutte has effectively halted the right-wing populist Geert Wilders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among the European leaders welcoming the result.
The March 15 Dutch election could give a boost to anti-establishment populist parties across Europe. The anti-Islam, anti-EU candidate Geert Wilders is shaping the political debate in the Netherlands.
Arnon Grünberg is a Dutch author living in New York. Relieved by the election results, he discussed with DW some of the current problems his home country is dealing with.
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