The Donald Trump of Europe has finally fallen
With 93.5 percent of the votes counted, Mark Rutte's party, VVD, got every fifth vote in the elections in the Netherlands.
The Right wing populist and leader of the Party PVV, Geert Wilders, acknowledged prime minister Mark Rutte's win.
In addition to congratulating Prime Minister Mark Rutte's victory, Wilders commented on a disappointing election result for their own party:
- We are among the election winners, but I would naturally rather be the largest party. We did not get the 30 places we hoped for, he said.
Congratulations from Europe
The elections in the Netherlands has been described as an important indicator of the right-wing populism strength in Europe before the upcoming elections in France and Germany.
The German Prime Minister Angela Merkel congratulated Rutte by phone on Thursday.
- I look forward to continuing the work together as friends, neighbors and Europeans, she said, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.
The French President Francois Hollande called Rutte's victory a "clear victory over extremism."
- Values such as openness, respect for others, and faith in the future of Europe is the only right answer to the nationalist impulses and isolationalism that shakes the world, said Hollande as a statement on Thursday.
In Germany, Martin Schultz, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), tweeted that he was relieved.
- But we must continue to fight for an open and free Europe, he wrote.
From Scotland, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, expressed herself briefly when she with one word revealed what she thought of the message that Wilders lost the election: "Good."
I think Donald Trump has contributed to Wilder's loss. People have seen that it is not a good idea to elect such a person, and it has mobilized enough resistance. I think the air has gone a bit out of the balloon across Europe for the extreme right-wing after Trumps escapades.