Here’s the far left CNN take: “Fears dominate Dutch elections“
Election triumph puts anti-Islam Wilders in line for Dutch Cabinet role
The Freedom Party of the anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders emerged as the third force in Dutch politics last night, more than doubling its number of seats in Parliament in the country’s general elections. Times Online
Earlier this week, Wilders released calculations he says show that nonwestern immigrants are a euro7 billion ($8.6 billion) annual drag on the Dutch budget because of higher criminality and unemployment rates.Â Dutch elections/Islam in Europe
ABC’s Rachael Brown chews the cud:
The anti-Islamist far right looks set to be a strong force in the Dutch national election this June, after Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party made strong gains in local elections.
The party has gained control of one city and is running second in The Hague.
Mr Wilders is a controversial figure in Dutch politics due to his anti-Islamist views.
He likens the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, wants Muslim women who wear headscarves taxed, and wants Muslim immigrants deported. Â More?
Dutch election too close to call
The Dutch parliamentary election is too close to call. Initial exit polls announced after voting bureaus closed at 9:00 pm indicate the Labour Party and the free-market liberal VVD Party in a neck-and-neck race – 31 seats each. Official results are not expected before midnight.
Turnout was the lowest in years as heavy rain showers may have kept some voters at home. Seventy-four percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.
Far-right populist Geert Wilders has done better than expected. The initial exit polls give his Freedom Party 22 seats in parliament. That is significantly more than the opinion polls indicated in the last days of campaigning. And it more than doubles the nine seats they won in the last election.