“Tonight the Netherlands, after Brexit and the American elections, said ‘stop’ to the wrong kind of populism,” a jubilant Mark Rutte told his supporters in The Hague.
Rutte received congratulatory messages from European leaders and spoke with some by telephone. The euro
Even outside of government, his party's influence on Dutch politics had been enormous, he added. Wilders said he did not understand Mr Rutte’s comment that Dutch voters had said no to the “wrong kind of populists”.
Earlier it was reported that Parliamentary elections kicked off in Netherlands on Wednesday. The electoral race has been the tightest in the country's recent history, marred by political turmoil and rising nationalist sentiment.