Wilders’ win: what it means for NL and what happens next

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If the Dutch election results have now sunk in and you’d like to catch up on the best of DN’s coverage, here’s a compilation of news, views and analysis, and links to some of the best of the foreign press.

Wilders’ immigration platform faces massive legal hurdles
Dutch voters gave Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration platform a historic win at the ballot box this week. But, under existing laws, very little the PVV says it will do about migrants is possible.

Shock and sadness: Dutch News readers react to the Wilders win
“After seeing the exit polls last night, I couldn’t sleep. My partner and me are extremely worried about these results. Like lot of other migrants, we came to the Netherlands to flee from authoritarian regimes.”

Votes piled up for Wilders after migration became the focus
The scale of his victory caught everyone by surprise: commentators, pollsters, rival parties, even Wilders himself. The PVV took more than 24% of the vote and topped the poll in Rotterdam, The Hague and around 75% of all municipalities.

Wilders win means giving a medal to the bully
Geert Wilders’s PVV undeniably owned the Dutch elections. The left is worried but things may not look so bad once the dust has settled. What is more concerning is that millions of people are systematically condoning the reprehensible behaviour of Wilders and company, writes independent journalist Chris Klomp.

European right welcomes Wilders’ shockwave win
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday hailed “the winds of change” and congratulated Wilders on his victory. Marine Le Pen in France said the PVV’s “spectacular performance” confirms the growing attachment to the defence of national identities.

Far right win is an earthquake: what the Dutch papers say
The Dutch press are unanimous in their descriptions of far right leader Geert Wilders’ earthquake victory in the general election. But they also all warn of the difficulties ahead in forming a new coalition.

The votes have been counted, so what happens next?
Firstly, will Geert Wilders be the next prime minister of the Netherlands? His party may have won 25% of the vote, and be by far the biggest in the lower house of parliament, but there are a whole load of bridges to cross before then.

International media

The Guardian: Offensive, hostile and unrepentant: Wilders in his own words
The far-right politician softened his rhetoric for his campaign, but has never made a secret of his anti-Islam and anti-migration stance. The victory of Geert Wilders’s far-right PVV party in the Dutch elections has taken pollsters and politicians across Europe by surprise. But Wilders is no newcomer. For years he has attempted to woo voters with his brazenly anti-Islamic policies, hostility to migration and suspicion of Brussels.

BBC: Geert Wilders win in the Netherlands spooks Europe
The unexpectedly meaty win for controversial, hard-right politician Geert Wilders in Wednesday’s general election in the Netherlands set international headlines on fire. Right-wing nationalists across Europe rushed to congratulate the populist politician, sometimes dubbed the Dutch Trump – partly for his dyed, bouffant-like hairdo, and partly for his famously firebrand rhetoric.

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