Title Dutch election: Geert Wilders warns 'genie will not go back in the bottle' Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet The Guardian Media type Country/Territory Netherlands Date 15/03/17 Description In a campaign dominated by Wilders’ core themes of immigration and integration, the row has “allowed Rutte to show himself as a statesman – and to send a Turkish minister packing”, said André Krouwel, a political scientist at Amsterdam’s Free University.
“What better publicity could a politician want a few days before an election?” Klouwer said. “Rutte was able to show he could actually expel Turks, and to tell Wilders: ‘You’re just sitting there, tweeting’ … This has won Rutte the election.”
In a possibly unrelated incident, two big Dutch voting information websites were targeted by a cyberattack on Wednesday. Several Twitter accounts including those of the European parliament, the German newspaper Die Welt and Amnesty International were also hacked, apparently by pro-Erdoğan activists.
Producer/Author The Guardian URL https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/15/dutch-pm-mark-rutte-boosted-by-spat-with-turkey-as-election-nears Persons André Krouwel