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10 October 2011 10:51

...the big political gainers in this situation are the extreme Right and the extreme Left – both of which voted against the expansion of the bail-out fund in parliament yesterday. Some of those around the table thought it highly likely that the next Dutch election will see the hard-right Party of Freedom, led by Geert Wilders, becoming the largest party in parliament – although it would probably still be prevented from taking a leading role in government. One Dutch commentator says that Wilders’s policies these days are a sort-of “welfare-state chauvinism” – protect the benefits of the Dutch welfare state by refusing to support immigrants or southern Europeans. There was also a feeling last night that the rise of the political extremes will not just be a Dutch phenomenon. One prominent business-person said that his French counterparts are seriously talking about the possibility of a Marine Le Pen presidency in France.

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