Mark Rutte: a clever show of Dutch tough modesty

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Mark Rutte: a clever show of Dutch tough modesty


Dutch liberal leader Mark Rutte won the elections and managed to neutralise the threat from anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders. His victory has brought relief for fellow centrist politicians in the EU, who feared that Brexit and Donald Trump could set an unstoppable anti-establishment trend. Rutte boosted his electorate by talking tough on Dutch values and on Turkey’s angry rhetoric. He didn’t hesitate to play with islamophobia in order to grab some of Wilders’s electorate. He wrote an open lette...


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