Geert Wilders

EU Struggles With Foibles of Coalition Governments

BRUSSELS—Fragile and unwieldy governing coalitions are increasingly common across Europe, a sign of how the political center is being squeezed by populist, antiestablishment parties.<p>As a result, the European Union is having to grapple with rising parochialism and protectionism, tougher stances …

World News

Is Populism a Threat to Democracy?

After Emmanuel Macron’s startling emergence as the dominant force in French politics, it became fashionable to argue that the populist wave sweeping the democratic West was receding. If the subsequent success of the Alternative for Germany challenged this optimistic view, the results of Sunday’s …

Opinion

Is Democracy in Europe Doomed?

On the morning of April 23, 2017, as the polls opened in the ninth arrondissement of Paris, an old man with a cane positioned himself in front of a …

Books

Populist parties gain more victories in European politics

BERLIN >> Right-wing parties chalked up two more victories in Europe over the weekend, coming second in Austria’s national election and entering …

Marine Le Pen

Wilders is ‘woman who makes herself as unattractive as possible’ says Rutte

Thursday’s debate on the new government’s plans degenerated into a playground tiff for a time as prime minister Mark Rutte...

Mark Rutte

White Nationalism Is the Real Threat to the West. Not Islam.

On July 14, 2016, as French families strolled along Nice’s seafront promenade, a Tunisian man driving a large truck rammed into a crowd, killing 86 people. A month later, the mayor of nearby Cannes declared that “burkinis” — a catchall term for modest swimwear favored by many religious women — …

Opinion

The EU will not help the Catalan secessionists’ cause

SEPARATISM in Europe these days comes draped in a blue flag with yellow stars. “If in Europe you’re not a member state, you’re nobody,” said Josep …

Economics

Netherlands strikes deal over four-party coalition

The Netherlands has struck a deal to form a fragile four-party coalition government over 200 days since elections which resulted in unprecedented …

Mark Rutte

Dutch public shrugs as coalition government finally thrashed out

News (Ireland)

Dutch PM seals pact for new government

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has sealed a deal to form a government, ending months of negotiations between four parties and marking a rightward …

Mark Rutte

From tax cuts to pot plantations: New Dutch coalition plans

The Netherlands' new center-right, four-party coalition led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte published its policy blueprint Tuesday for the coming four …

Business

After 208 days, 4 Dutch parties agree on govt coalition

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — After 208 days of tough negotiations, the leaders of four Dutch parties agreed Monday on a draft program for a new center-right coalition government under Prime Minister Mark Rutte that will likely push policies further to the right.<p>Centrist D66 leader Alexander …

Business

Mark Rutte’s last dance

THE HAGUE — Can the Dutch center hold?That’s the question many will be asking as the Netherlands finally forms a new government after more than six …

European News

O Dutch government, where art thou?

On October 9, Dutch politicians will become record-breakers.It will have been 208 days since the March 15 parliamentary election with no government …

European News

Yes, Merkel Won Again. But the Fires of European Populism Are Still Raging

The populist wave of 2017 may not have destroyed the European order in the way some predicted, but there are still many Europeans who want to upend …

Czech Republic

The far right is reeling in professionals, hipsters, and soccer moms

Following the political earthquakes of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, commentators tried to get a better understanding of who was leading this seismic change in politics. A picture quickly emerged: angry, working class (“left behind”) men were the driving force of right-wing populism. But …

Marine Le Pen

The new risk for Europe: an inward-looking Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - In 2008, in a fit of pique over Angela Merkel's cautious response to the global financial crisis, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, lashed out at his German counterpart.<p>"While France is acting, Germany is just thinking about it," Sarkozy seethed.<p>Nearly a decade later, after …

World News

German election: World reacts to Merkel victory, AfD rise

World leaders, including Emmanuel Macron of France, have congratulated Chancellor Angela Merkel on her election win. But the AfD's entry into …

World News

Merkel’s Bloc Regroups After ‘Nightmare Victory’ in Germany

Angela Merkel’s political bloc is starting to draw lessons from its electoral losses to the Alternative for Germany party as pressure mounts for the …

Business

Angela Merkel emerges weakened from Bundestag elections

Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl, the giants of post-1945 German democracy, each served four terms as chancellor. Angela Merkel is about to do the …

Angela Merkel

Germany's Nationalists Join the 13-Percent Club

Identity-based parties like Germany's AfD are election losers.<p>The Alternative for Germany's 12.6 percent result in Sunday's election wraps up an important political season for European nationalist populists. It's a showing that has worried many both in and outside Germany; but, all things …

Alexander Gauland

'A political earth tremor': Dutch media on Germany's elections

Anti-AfD protesters took to the streets on Sunday. Photo: Michael Probst/AP<p>After their largely low-key coverage of Germany’s Parliamentary elections …

Germany

Quick Thoughts On A Critically Important Geopolitical Event

If you fancy yourself a macro investor, do yourself a favor and skim my quick summary of Germany's election.<p>It was notable for all kinds of reasons …

Business

Protests as Germany's hard-right AfD marches into parliament

Exit polls credited the AfD with around 13 percent of the vote, making it the third biggest political force in Germany -- a stunning result for a …

Alexander Gauland

Commentary: How Angela Merkel emerged from the German elections weakened

LONDON: Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl, the giants of post-1945 German democracy, each served four terms as chancellor. Angela Merkel is about to do …

Germany

Anti-AfD protests break out across Germany after election

After the Alternative for Germany's historic election result, opponents of the far-right populist party have taken to the streets of Berlin, Hamburg …

Germany

Can Merkel Outdo Polls Again? Or Will Populism Make a Comeback?

Election nights can take unforeseen turns, and not just in Britain.<p>As polls ahead of Germany’s vote suggest a small but perceptible ebbing of support …

Business

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This Sunday, Germans will head to the polls to choose their national elected officials following a subdued, no-frills campaign. Angela Merkel is …

Liberal View

Documentary fails to clarify what makes Wilders tick, say Dutch papers

Photo: Peter van der Sluijs via Wikimedia Commons<p>Not many journalists get to interview Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam party PVV, except to …

Netherlands

Rise of the far right largely unseen as politicians and security services solely focused on Muslim extremists, debate hears

The rise of the far right in North America has been largely overlooked because politicians and security services have focused primarily on Islamic …

United Arab Emirates