|Geert Wilders and Dutch Prime Minister|
Mark Rutte | Yves Herman/Reuters
Rutte thanked his supporters for opposing the “wrong kind of populism.” He clearly moved right on immigration, but it was more rhetoric than policy.
A record turnout with a surge of young voters was good for the green party, which increased its share of the vote to a record high. Populism, and its anti-establishment sentiment, can help both right and left.
Europe’s centralists were as excited by this election as the rightwing was of Trump’s (see blog: European Nationalists Cheer Trump)
- François Hollande: Clear victory against extremism
- Angela Merkel: “Oh, the Netherlands – You are a champion. Congratulations on this great result, very pro-European result.”
- Jean-Claude Juncker: Victory for “free and tolerant societies in prosperous Europe”