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The Dutch election results exemplify the problem with the country’s so-called “liberalism”

The rise of right-wing parties in the Dutch elections brings to light long-running tensions around race and immigration

By Theodore Stone  

The Dutch rightwing populist and leader of the Partij voor de Vrijheid. Photo: PA

The Netherlands prides itself as being synonymous with liberalism. To many, the term exemplifies the country’s social and political culture. Seen by many as the home of open-minded values and a leading light in the fight for social progress, the term “liberal” seems to sum up the country’s social and political culture.

Yet Wednesday’s municipal elections show a different story. Compare the above with the opening lines in the right-wing politician Geert Wilders’ latest video: “Islam is…

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