Skepticism towards the EU is not a new phenomenon in the Netherlands. In 2005, the Dutch voted to reject the EU constitution. In this year’s election, the question of national versus European identity has once again come to the fore.
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.
Over 80 percent of Poles support EU membership, but the Law and Justice Party has halted the country's integration into the bloc. As PiS puts it, the European Union is a necessary evil — one to be handled with hostility.
The party of Trudeau look-alike Jesse Klaver is trying to woo undecided voters two weeks ahead of the elections. Right-wing populist Wilders dominates the debate while Premier Rutte keeps fighting for political survival.
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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