A clear indication of people's desire to stay in the EU, and a "good sign" ahead of French elections. That's how senior German conservative MEP Manfred Weber described the election results in the Netherlands.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called on Germany to stop delaying EU decisions about taxes and the eurozone budget. The people of Europe are running out of patience, he warned, while populists love EU indecision.
Conservatives and Social Democrats long dominated Germany's political culture, generating broad appeal. But their ability to unite people under proverbial big tents is waning, while small parties profit from the discord.
Approaching general elections in the Netherlands, all eyes are on populist candidate Geert Wilders. In a DW interview, Dutch political scientist Andrej Zaslove provides insight into Wilders and the country's politics.
Many had seen a win for far-right Geert Wilders in the Netherlands as a harbinger of elections in France and Germany this year. Despite his clear loss, populist figures around Europe claimed a 'partial victory'.
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