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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | 08/01/2014

Wilders can dominate European elections

In its current cover story, the British business magazine The Economist compares Europe's right-wing populist parties, including Dutch politician Geert Wilders' PVV, with the US Tea Party. A lame comparison, columnist Rene Moerland writes in the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad: "Of course [Wilders] will make things difficult for Europe, just as the Tea Party crippled Washington. Well spotted! ... But Wilders has nothing against the Tea Party's main enemy: the state. ... Wilders only looks like an anti-state ideologist to those who see the European Union as a state. But there is no United States of Europe. ... Wilders can make the European elections spectacular. ... European cooperation is one of the biggest political issues of our day. Whatever you may think of it, with its anti-European nationalism Wilders' party represents a major trend."

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | 17/12/2008

"Our president"

Sarkozy wanted to give Europe more political clout, writes the NRC Handelsblad daily, but adds that his strong leadership style also aroused distrust: "Sarkozy managed to make headway with his agenda as European president. The political clout of the euro group was strengthened without it coming to a struggle with the European Central Bank. ... Sarkozy's relations with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be particularly warm, but he's on better terms than ever with [British] Prime Minister [Gordon] Brown. This is a step towards a Madrid, London, Paris and Berlin axis which Sarkozy believes holds greater potential than a Franco-German axis. ... But there are strict limits to Europe's power: As of January 1 Sarkozy will no longer be 'our' president. ... And we must wait and see whether support for his ideas for a protectionist Europe remains high in other European capitals. For the time being, in his own country Sarkozy's European presidency has made more of a statesman of him."

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | 10/06/2008

A leader of European stature

With an eye to France's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the newspaper takes a closer look at the ambitious character of French President Nicolas Sarkozy: "Sarkozy wants to be a leader of European stature. To this end the EU Council Presidency must be the crowning touch. But people in Europe have been awaiting the arrival of such an ambitious president with some trepidation for months now. ... To calm the critics, France is casting itself as the classic president, promising to be modest, to do its best to listen and to be neutral and balanced in its approach. A classic list of priorities was established. ... But since then Sarkozy has proven himself a lone wolf. He is considered an outsider, a maverick who wants to have the final say on everything. ... And all this has damaged his position."

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