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News+: Dutch pro-Europe parties claim victory

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By Euronews
News+: Dutch pro-Europe parties claim victory

<p>In the Netherlands any fears that the Dutch people would punish the country’s pro-European parties for the euro crisis were quickly dispelled on Wednesday after an unexpected election result. </p> <p>Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals and the rival Labour party both enjoyed a strong showing, with 41 and 39 seats respectively. It means the Netherland’s two centrist parties can now attempt to form a new left-right coalition. Lengthy talks are likely, but if the two can overcome their differences, especially over austerity, the prize will be an absolute majority in parliament. </p> <p>For the country’s other parties, particularly Geert Wilders Freedom party, it was a bad night. Wilders, who had campaigned on an anti-Europe platform saw his parliamentary representation almost slashed in half, from 24 seats to 15. </p> <p>For Rutte though the result was a major turnaround in political fortunes. Many analysts also hailed the outcome as a sign that one of the EU’s richest countries remains at the heart of Europe and a close ally of Berlin. </p> <p>To get more on the Dutch election result euronews spoke to political expert Andre Krouwel from Amsterdam University. To see the full interview please click on the video link above.</p>