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Netherlands Elections

On Wednesday, March 15, the people of the Netherlands will vote to elect a new president and 150 members of the House of Representatives, in what could be a watershed moment in European politics.

teleSUR explores the key issues in the election and what implications a far-right victory might have for the country, Europe and the world.

Dutch Populism

 

It's Time to Dismantle Dutch Liberalism from Within

Abulkasim Al-Jaberi speaks to teleSUR about his experience as a refugee in the Netherlands. He said that the centerpiece of debate in the Dutch elections has been the issue of the foreigner. On the far-right — led by the now-celebrity Geert Wilders, who has called for the expulsion of all Moroccans — is the call for closed borders. On the left is the allegedly “sympathetic” view of integrating of refugees and migrants. READ MORE

A History of Dutch Populism, from the Murder of Pim Fortuyn to the Rise of Geert Wilders

The famous Dutch tolerance and progressiveness, if ever it existed, has turned into intolerance and a prolonged and painstaking search for Dutch identity. In the wake of the Brexit referendum and Trump’s unexpected victory in the United States, populism now seems destined to conquer Europe’s mainland, starting with the Netherlands. READ MORE

Geert Wilders: The Dutch Trump?

 

Netherlands Election: How 'Dutch Trump' Echos the US Far-Right

Representing the far-right Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders is running to become the Netherlands' next prime minister. The firebrand politician, who's been dubbed the "Dutch Trump," has a lot in common with the U.S. President. READ MORE

Dutch Far-Right Leader Vows to Rid Nation of 'Moroccan Scum'

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders promised to crack down on "Moroccan scum" who he said were making the streets unsafe and urged the Dutch to "regain" their country as he launched his election campaign. READ MORE

Rise of the Far Right

 

Europe's Far Right Got a Trump Boost, but Will They Govern?

For years, right-wing groups languished on the fringes of mainstream European politics. But their support has surged recently, and Trump’s victory has galvanized European populists. READ MORE

How Marx’s Crisis Theory Explains Growing Anti-Immigrant Hate

The rise of Geert Wilders is emblematic of growing anti-immigrant hate sweeping the imperialist countries. Basing their campaigns on xenophobia, they’ve been able to convince millions of people in their respective countries that immigrants are the source of their problems. READ MORE

 
  • Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, one of Europe’s most prominent far-right politicians, who is currently on trial for hate speech for comments he made about Moroccans in 2014. The Freedom Party has called for closing all Islamic schools and recording the ethnicity of all Dutch citizens.

    Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, one of Europe’s most prominent far-right politicians, who is currently on trial for hate speech for comments he made about Moroccans in 2014. The Freedom Party has called for closing all Islamic schools and recording the ethnicity of all Dutch citizens. | Photo Reuters

  • Far-right European leaders at the European Parliament in May 201, including Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, and Gerolf Annemans, member of Belgium

    Far-right European leaders at the European Parliament in May 201, including Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, and Gerolf Annemans, member of Belgium's Vlaams Belang. | Photo Reuters

  • Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders of the PVV party takes part in a protest outside the Turkish embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, March 8, 2017. Banner reads "Stay away from our country".

    Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders of the PVV party takes part in a protest outside the Turkish embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, March 8, 2017. Banner reads "Stay away from our country". | Photo Reuters

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the VVD Liberal party greets supporters during campaigning in The Hague, Netherlands March 14, 2017.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the VVD Liberal party greets supporters during campaigning in The Hague, Netherlands March 14, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • Dutch politicians Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks), Lodewijk Asscher (PVDA), Mark Rutte (VVD), Alexander Pechtold (D66), Sybrand Buma (CDA), Geert WIlders (PVV) and Emile Roemer (SP) take part in a debate in The Hague, Netherlands, March 14, 2017.

    Dutch politicians Jesse Klaver (GroenLinks), Lodewijk Asscher (PVDA), Mark Rutte (VVD), Alexander Pechtold (D66), Sybrand Buma (CDA), Geert WIlders (PVV) and Emile Roemer (SP) take part in a debate in The Hague, Netherlands, March 14, 2017. | Photo Reuters

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