The European Jewish Congress expressed its congratulations to the Dutch people for rejecting populism and extremism after Dutch Prime Minister Marc Rutte’s Liberal VVD party topped the poll in the national elections, pushing back a potential threat from the far-right populist Freedom Party led by Geert Wilders. “Prime Minister Rutte expressed before the elections that a populist ‘domino effect’ was taking place across the globe,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “However, we hope that this electoral victory will begin the reverse, a ‘domino effect’ of mainstream parties pushing back against extremism and populism.”
“With the French and German elections taking place in the coming months, hopefully this result will be an encouraging sign to the mainstream parties in their election campaigns against populists and extremists.” Kantor continued. “
“We look forward to working with the new Dutch government in maintaining and strengthening European values and an open and tolerant society.”
Resuts of the elecdtions show that the VVD will become the largest party in the parliament with 32 seats while Wilders’PVV Freedom will come in second with 20 seats.