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Resisting the Siren Song: Stopping the Advance of the Right-Wing Populists

Resisting the Siren Song: Stopping the Advance of the Right-Wing Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2017

The recent election in the Netherlands has sparked hope that the march of the right-wing populists has been halted. But it's important that populism be answered with democratic confidence rather than misguided imitation. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

A Triumph of Reason: Dutch Election Slows Europe's Populists

A Triumph of Reason: Dutch Election Slows Europe's Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2017

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has decisively won the Dutch national election, with right-wing populist Geert Wilders trailing far behind. The incumbent leader played the country's tensions with Turkey to his own advantage -- his victory is good news for Europe. An Analysis by Claus Hecking more... Comment ]


Fallow Ground: A City of Workers Turns to Wilders

Fallow Ground: A City of Workers Turns to Wilders

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2017

The city of Almere, once crafted as a Dutch utopia on land reclaimed from the sea, used to be a center-left stronghold. Now, though, as voters in the Netherlands go to the polls on Wednesday, the town's support is behind right-wing populist Geert Wilders. What changed? By Alexander Smoltczyk in Almere, The Netherlands more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Perfect Storm: Netherlands Dispute Gives Turkey Perfect Election Fodder

Erdogan's Perfect Storm: Netherlands Dispute Gives Turkey Perfect Election Fodder

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2017

Ankara is piling on in its dispute with the Netherlands after the country refused to allow key government members to hold political rallies in the country over the weekend. Turkey is calling for retaliation in the "harshest ways" and President Erdogan has found the perfect election issue. By Maximilian Popp in Istanbul more... Comment ]


The Dutch Donald: Geert Wilders Rides Populism Wave

The Dutch Donald: Geert Wilders Rides Populism Wave

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2017

With Dutch parliamentary elections approaching in mid-March, right-wing populist Geert Wilders is hopeful he can emerge on top. Already, he has managed to push other parties further to the right. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

'Geert Peddles Illusions': Dutch Populist's Brother Speaks Out

'Geert Peddles Illusions': Dutch Populist's Brother Speaks Out

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2017

Geert Wilders routinely incites against Muslims and immigrants to court voters. In an interview, Paul Wilders explains how his brother became an Islamophobe and how he lives -- in hiding, with security and under constant fear of death threats. Interview Conducted By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]


Cut From the Same Cloth: Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail

Cut From the Same Cloth: Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 23, 2017

Right-wing populist Geert Wilders is currently leading in the polls ahead of elections in the Netherlands  -- despite a campaign that has been conducted largely from his mobile phone. Like Donald Trump, the main weapon in his arsenal is Twitter. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2016

Could Brexit lead other countries to seek to leave the European Union? SPIEGEL spoke with far-right Dutch populist Geert Wilders about how he wants to use a "Nexit" to prevent the "Islamization" of the Netherlands. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2015

Annie Bus of the Netherlands suffered from horrendous pain and paralysis, but not from a terminal illness. She wanted to die anyway. The story of how she got her wish demonstrates how difficult it is to set boundaries in a country that permits assisted suicide. By Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]

Weak Growth: Agency Strips Netherlands' AAA Rating

Weak Growth: Agency Strips Netherlands' AAA Rating

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

The Netherlands lost its top credit rating on Friday as S&P moved to downgrade the country as a result of its weak economy. Holland had previously been a stable point in the euro crisis. Only 10 countries, including Germany, still retain AAA status worldwide. more... Comment ]