Dutch head to the polls in key election


B00Mer
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Dutch head to the polls in key election



Polls have opened in the Netherlands, with the Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party leading the anti-immigration Party for Freedom led by Geert Wilders.

Last-minute opinion polls showed Prime Minister Mark Rutte taking a small but clear lead following a campaign centred on identity and migration and perhaps the most divisive since World War II.

Rutte's liberal VVD was set to take between 27 and 29 seats in the 150-member lower house, according to four separate polls.

Dutch firebrand Geert Wilders Freedom Party is staunchly anti-immigration, and has labelled Islam as a religion of violence.

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'Islam is the greatest threat facing the Netherlands. This is an existential problem. The future of our country is at stake. Islam and freedom don't go together,' Wilders said on national public broadcaster just hours before voters were due to go to the polls.

The Dutch were feeling themselves second-rate citizens in their own country, the populist leader said.

Wilders highlighted dual loyalties as shown by Turkish protesters in Rotterdam over the weekend and pointed to high crime levels among Muslim immigrant communities.

Wilders, whose Party for Freedom (PVV) has lost support in recent opinion polls, took to inflammatory language to contrast Mohammed with Jesus.

'Mohammed was a warlord, a paedophile,' he said, calling for Dutch Christian culture to be safeguarded.

Mr Wilders has also vowed to take to emulate the United Kingdom and exit from the European Union.

Rutte used the final debate to stress the success of a deal with Turkey last year to cut the flow of migrants to Western Europe that peaked in 2015 and has since ebbed.

And he warned that good intentions with respect to taking in refugees fleeing war in Syria and elsewhere would have 'unintended consequences that lead to social tension'.

Given the large number of undecided voters and the margins of error, the pollsters said the election was too close to call.

The Christian Democrat (CDA), a mainstay of Dutch politics that had seen support fall in recent years, has made a comeback to between 19 and 23 seats, according to the late polling.

Four other parties are likely to gain more than 10 seats, according to the opinion polls - the centrist D66, Green-Left, the Socialist Party and the social democrat Labour Party (PvdA).

Rutte has made clear that he will not cooperate with Wilders, whatever the outcome.

'Not even in a tolerance structure - no, never, no,' he said in a head-to-head debate on Monday.

Political risk consultants Eurasia Group said government formation was likely to be lengthy and could result in a weak coalition that would determine European Union policy at a critical time for the bloc.

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Colpy
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All the best to Geert Wilders.

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Wilders, whose Party for Freedom (PVV) has lost support in recent opinion polls, took to inflammatory language to contrast Mohammed with Jesus.

 
petros
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Yup but he's gotta do something with that "Slovak" hairstyle.
 
mentalfloss
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Exit poll gives Dutch Prime Minister Rutte big lead over Wilders

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center-right VVD Party remained the biggest in parliament after an election on Wednesday with 31 of the 150 seats, the first exit poll said, roundly beating the anti-Islam Geert Wilders.

Wilders’ Party for Freedom was tied in second place with two other parties at 19 seats apiece, according to the poll by national broadcaster NOS based on interviews with voters.

The turnout is forecast at 81 percent against 74.6 percent in the last election in 2012, according to NOS.

If confirmed, the result will be a relief to mainstream parties across Europe, particularly in France and Germany, where right-wing nationalists are set to make a big impact in elections both will hold this year.

Rutte got a last-minute boost from a diplomatic row with Turkey, which allowed him to take a well-timed tough line on a majority Muslim country during an election campaign in which immigration and integration have been key issues.

Dutch proportional representation means up to 15 parties could win a parliamentary seat and it could take months for Rutte to build a coalition.

Rutte had called the vote a European quarter-final, before a French semi-final and German final, and warned voters that a Wilders victory would be “the wrong sort of populism winning the day”.

The far-right Marine Le Pen is set to make the second-round run-off of France’s presidential election in May, while in September’s federal election in Germany, the right-wing, euroskeptic Alternative for Germany is likely to enter the national parliament for the first time.

Exit poll gives Dutch Prime Minister Rutte big lead over Wilders - The Globe and Mail
 
petros
#5
It's easy to reject what doesn’t exist.
 
mentalfloss
#6
Like being a climate change denier?
 
B00Mer
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WTF, Flossy you have to start threads for the sake of starting threads

forums.canadiancontent.net/in...-election.html (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
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Honestly I think he's going to win..
 
petros
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Alleged man induced or the natural return to average?

Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

WTF, Flossy you have to start threads for the sake of starting threads

forums.canadiancontent.net/in...-election.html (external - login to view)

He gets wet, posts without looking, then slithers back into a corner to pull his pud in victory.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

All the best to Geert Wilders.


Sorry skinhead.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Honestly I think he's going to win..

Please Play Again
 
Danbones
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HomeNewsPoliticsDutch election polls LIVE:
Updates as Geert Wilders takes on Mark Rutte in Netherlands
Dutch election polls LIVE: Updates as Geert Wilders takes on Mark Rutte in Netherlands

GEERT Wilders is still fighting as Dutch election polls closed revealing Prime Minister Mark Rutte is in the lead - here are all the latest updates, polls and breaking news from the Netherlands.

01pm GMT update: Exit polls are out.

Mark Rutte's VVD leads on 31 seats.

Mr Wilders' PVV, as well as the CDA and D66 are on 19 seats.

8pm GMT update: Polls have CLOSED. Exit polls will be in very soon.


Dutch election polls LIVE: Updates as Geert Wilders takes on Rutte | Politics | News | Express.co.uk (external - login to view)
Last edited by Danbones; Mar 15th, 2017 at 05:22 PM..
 
DaSleeper
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Merge
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Merge

Get Angstom to do it. The forum is self-policing, he sez.
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
#15
aren't we missing some of your friends around here today?
 
mentalfloss
#16
CNN is now reporting that populism is dead.
 
Locutus
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Dutch PM's liberal party takes lead in general election exit polls but loses ten seats as anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders gains seven and vows 'you've not seen the last of me'

  • PM Mark Rutte's VVD party currently has 31 seats and Wilders PVV party, 19
  • Represents increase of four seats for Wilders, who won 15 in last election
  • The Dutch election is seen as a test of anti-immigrant and nationalist feeling
  • Wilders has promised to deliver a Nexit and a 'patriotic revolution' to people
  • He promised: 'This patriotic revolution, whether today or tomorrow, will stay'

Read more: Dutch PM leads ahead of Wilders in Dutch election polls | Daily Mail Online
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mentalfloss
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Poor Cuckuterus.
 
mentalfloss
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Trumpism is dead.

Dutch PM Rutte beats anti-Islam leader Wilders | CTV News (external - login to view)
 
mentalfloss
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Merkel says Dutch result good for democracy

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Latest on the Dutch national election (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Dutch election was "a good day for democracy."

Merkel said during a speech in Berlin on Thursday: "I was very glad, and I think many people are, that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result."

She added that it was "a clear signal — and that after days in which the Netherlands had to endure accusations from Turkey that are completely unacceptable, and after days in which we showed it our solidarity."

Merkel has demanded that Turkey cease directing Nazi gibes not just at Germany but also at allies such as the Netherlands.

A top European Union official is congratulating Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on an election result that he says is "an inspiration for many."

Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, wrote in a letter to Rutte on Thursday: "The people of the Netherlands voted overwhelmingly for the values Europe stands for: free and tolerant societies in a prosperous Europe."

Juncker said he looks forward to "continuing our excellent working relations, in particular our work on the future of Europe."

The Netherlands helped found what would become the EU 60 years ago.

The Latest: Merkel says Dutch result good for democracy | The Chronicle Herald (external - login to view)
 
Cannuck
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Not surprising really. Come the next US election, the voter turnout will be significantly higher. Unless Trump moderates significantly, you can all but stick a fork in him.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Not surprising really. Come the next US election, the voter turnout will be significantly higher. Unless Trump moderates significantly, you can all but stick a fork in him.

Well, Dutch Nazis and Real Americans and Old Stock Canadians can take comfort from the fact that Hitler never won an election either.
 

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