Foreign press highlight political confusion

The Dutch general election has been followed with great interest by the foreign press. ‘Future uncertain after indecisive Dutch election,’ writes the UK’s Guardian.

‘The Netherlands is facing political deadlock after the governing Christian Democrats scraped an unconvincing win in yesterday’s election’, the paper says, going on to quote finance minister Gerrit Zalm: ‘It is chaos’.
The International Herald Tribune says the Dutch vote may herald an important shift to the left ‘signaling challenges to come on recent tough anti-immigration measures and on cutbacks in social welfare programmes’.
Austrian paper Die Presse opens on Labour leader Wouter Bos’s gaffe, when he forgot to take the right voting pass to the polling station. ‘He wants to run the country and he doesn’t even know how to vote,’ the paper said disparagingly.

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