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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dissenters also belong in European Parliament

Alliances such as that between the right-wing populists Marine Le Pen from France and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands are a normal feature of democratic systems, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad argues: "In practice, the anti-European stance allows for a loose bond between different parties and their for the most part very different outlooks. For example, the British independence party Ukip refuses to have anything to do with Wilders or Le Pen, and criticises their xenophobia. In fact, in their very differences the Eurosceptic parties resemble the Europe they so despise: unity in diversity. That doesn't mean we don't have to worry about a substantial anti-European group in the next European Parliament. Apart from some truly reprehensible ideas of Le Pen and Wilders, from a democratic perspective it's healthy for radical views to have a firm place in the European Parliament. After all, it's meant to represent the people."

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