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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Friday, October 4, 2013

Europe's nationalists united against Brussels

Several parliamentarians belonging to the right-wing populist PVV party led by Geert Wilders demonstratively wore buttons with the Dutch-nationalist Orange-white-blue flag in Parliament last week. This is more than a purely symbolic provocation, political analyst Meindert Fennema stresses in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: "The search for a new nationalist élan fits in nicely with the PVV's anti-EU policy. So Wilders is trying to form closer ties with other nationalist parties in Europe. A transnational nationalist alliance has better chances now than before the Second World War because it has a common target: Brussels. ... Some experts say that a transnational European alliance made up of right-wing nationalists will unintentionally advance integration in the EU. That may be true, but in the long term this grouping of right-wing nationalist forces is dangerous for the European project."

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