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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Wednesday, January 8, 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."

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