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May 13 2017
Geert Wilders, Mark Rutte, Jesse Klaver and Gijs De Vries, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Dutch elections 2017. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 83 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 230 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Geert Wilders is: “I have just sent him my sincere congratulations. Now on the way to a vigorous second round, I am hoping for a President Le Pen.”.
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Linda Muis

There are a lot of Muslims. There are a lot of black people. The white people, the Dutch people, they're getting less and less. Or lock them up for life. Wilders said women shouldn't wear headscarves. I agree with that. So many people voted for him. But nobody wants to do a coalition with him. Nobody's going to let him win.feedback

Alexander Kneepkens

Theresa May seems likely to be facing a more confident EU instead of one careening towards Nexit and Frexit when she triggers Article 50 in coming days.feedback

Mabel Berezin

'He does not represent a populist wave. Rather, he is part of the political landscape and how his party fares does not tell us much about European populism,'. The real bellwether election will be Marine Le Pen's quest for the French presidency, starting April 23 - that is where the populist action is and that is what we should be focusing upon.feedback

Tom Gjelten

Rep. Steve King’s tweet this past week in defense of Geert Wilders, the anti-immigrant Dutch politician, won the Iowa Republican praise from white supremacists but a put-down from his colleagues. “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King wrote. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Jeff Kaufmann, the Iowa Republican [].feedback

Manfred Weber

The Dutch elections are a perfect start for the electoral year because the populists and the anti-Europeans failed.feedback

Geert Wilders

Rutte has not seen the back of me. Those are not the 30 seats we hoped for.feedback

Geert Wilders

When we started the party twelve years ago, the Party for Freedom, we couldn't have hoped that we would become the second biggest party of the Netherlands. Leave all other parties behind except for the VVD, we got one and a half million votes , which is a great victory.feedback

Mark Rutte

Proud, but it's also a big obligation. And we must not exaggerate.feedback

Geert Wilders

There's a bullet waiting for you. Just wait until after the elections and your brother has won. We'll come to finish you off.feedback

Andrej Zaslove

Populist parties work well in opposition–they're about attacking the establishment. But their voters at a certain point also want to see tangible results. Wilders is situated not badly now, but eventually he's going to have to show that he can do something. He can't only be in opposition.feedback

Pepijn Bergsen

He does not want to be in power – what does he have to gain?feedback

Mark Rutte

If you reject our country so fundamentally, I'd prefer you leave. … Act normal or leave.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The values of openness, respect for others, and a faith in Europe's future are the only true response to the nationalist impulses and isolationism that are shaking the world.feedback

James Franey - Euronews

It would still leave him, however, short of a parliamentary majority and he is likely to need the support of a fourth party as well. Talks could go on for weeks, maybe even for months. On average, it takes about 74 days to form a coalition here. The process of forming the next Dutch government is only just beginning.feedback

James Franey - Euronews

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will likely look towards the centre-right Christian Democrats and the pro-EU D66 party as possible coalition partners. That is because he has ruled out working with Geert Wilders.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The Netherlands is showing us that a breakthrough for the extreme right is not a foregone conclusion and that progressives are gaining momentum.feedback

Angela Merkel

The Netherlands are our partners, friends, neighbours. Therefore I was very happy that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result, a clear signal. And that after days in which the Netherlands had to tolerate accusations and reproaches from Turkey which are totally unacceptable... It was a good day for democracy.feedback

Bekir Bekis

He (Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte) didn't let our foreign minister go to the Netherlands. That racist (mentality) will continue and that is not good of course. The prime minister's victory means their stance will continue to be the same but it's not good to have tensions.feedback

Geert Wilders

We are the second party in the Netherlands. Congratulations. We would have preferred to be the first party.feedback

Alexander Häusler

Trump's election victory was frenetically celebrated by Europe's radical right. Wilders himself tried to adapt the slogan 'Make America great again' for the Netherlands.feedback

Gijs Rademaker

It's a hard start for Wilders–he's losing momentum, and this is partly because of Trump.feedback

Geert Wilders

'I would rather have been the largest party.... but we are not a party that has lost. We gained seats. That's a result to be proud of,'.feedback

Mark Rutte

We lost eight seats, but we're very happy to be the biggest party again. We have had a tough campaign, with reproaches back and forth. We need time for everybody to get back into the mood for cooperation, and that doesn't happen in a few hours.feedback

Mark Rutte

Our message to the Netherlands - that we will hold our course and keep this country safe, stable and prosperous - got through. This was an evening when, after Brexit and Trump, the Netherlands said, 'Stop' to the wrong sort of populism.feedback

Arne Petimezas

Some of that fear around Brexit, Trump, and then Wilders and (France's) Le Pen, may now be seeping out of the markets - you see some of that fear dissipating.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Is this news or a reality show? I don't want to watch 'America's Got 1040s.feedback

Josh Mahony

A cloud of uncertainty has been blown away overnight. The loss of Dutch populist Geert Wilders comes as a huge boost to the EU and eurozone, which will now begin to shift its attention to the enactment of Article 50, followed by next month's French election.feedback

Geert Wilders

We were the 3rd largest party of the Netherlands. Now we are the 2nd largest party. Next time we will be nr. 1! I would still like to co-govern as the PVV, if possible. But if that doesn't work ... we'll support the cabinet, where needed, on the issues that are important to us.feedback

Mark Rutte

We say no to the wrong kind of populism. The Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said 'Whoa' to the wrong kind of populism. Today was a celebration of democracy, we saw rows of people queuing to cast their vote, all over the Netherlands -- how long has it been since we've seen that?feedback

Geert Wilders

It is also an evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said 'stop' to the wrong kind of populism. Rutte has not seen the back of me!! We won seats. The first gains are made. I would still like to co-govern as the PVV, if possible. But if that doesn't work … we'll support the cabinet, where needed, on the issues that are important to us.feedback

Seth Meyers

You know you've really accomplished something when the guy who wrote 'Cujo' is no longer the scariest Stephen King.feedback

Andre Krouwel

I mean, this is your electoral campaign dream, right? You can't script this if it was a movie. It's really helped Mark Rutte to take the lead and a big lead over Geert Wilders.feedback

Geert Wilders

Thank you PVV Voters! We won seats! The first victory is in! And Rutte has not seen the last of me yet!!feedback

Geert Wilders

What I would say to all my left-wing friends in Europe: don't try to fake the populace. Stand for your principles. Be straight. Be pro-refugee. Be pro-European. We're gaining momentum in the polls. And I think that's the message we have to send to Europe. You can stop populism.feedback

Geert Wilders

The message is that many people want to regain national sovereignty, they don't want to be dependent on the political elite whether that is in their own capitals or in Brussels. I think that many European people believe we should regain national sovereignty - that we should be in charge of our own immigration policy and our own fiscal policy. We should not spend money on foreign countries or foreign people when at the same time we neglect our own people.feedback

Mark Rutte

This is a chance for a big democracy like the Netherlands to make a point to stop this toppling over of the domino stones of the wrong sort of populism. There is still a risk that we wake up on Thursday morning and seeing that Geert Wilders is leading the biggest party.feedback

Geert Wilders

It will be a very interesting day, a lot is at stake in Holland and I hope of course we'll win but whether we win or lose I think we put our mark on the elections so far. But it's a sunny day, I hope a lot of people go and vote, it's the most important think for democracy and I hope my party does well but we have to wait and see.feedback

Geert Wilders

Whatever the outcome of the election today the genie will not go back into the bottle and this patriotic revolution, whether today or tomorrow, will stay. I think that with what's happening in America, perhaps in other European countries, that once again the normal people want to be patriotic in their own country that has its own sovereignty again.feedback

Jesse Klaver

Geert Wilders is losing momentum in the polls. We're gaining momentum in the polls. And I think that's the message we have to send to Europe. You can't stop populism but what I would say to all my left-wing friends in Europe: don't try to fake the the populace. Stand for your principles. Be straight. Be pro-refugee. Be pro-European.feedback

Geert Wilders

We want be in charge of our own country, our own money, our own borders, and our own immigration policy. Whatever the outcome of the election today, the genie will not go back into the bottle. Despite what the elite wants, politicians are getting strong who have a totally different concept of what the people want them to do.feedback

Michael Birnbaum

Geert Wilders, a fiery fixture of the Dutch far-right who wants to ban the Koran and shutter mosques, topped polls for months, unnerving mainstream leaders in France and Germany who face elections later this year. His support has waned in recent weeks, but he has already forced many Dutch parties to sharpen their rhetoric toward immigrants. … A Wilders defeat would likely slow the momentum of French anti-immigrant leader Marine Le Pen, who if she captured her nation's presidency in May would try to lead France out of the European Union, shattering the bloc in the process.feedback

Mark Rutte

The fact is that politicians are only enlarging the problems instead of solving them. The wrong sort of populism is not addressing the real issues of the people, only making them bigger, instead of solving them.feedback

Mark Rutte

The Netherlands said 'Whoa! Stop!' to the wrong kind of populism. We want to stick to the course we have - safe and stable and prosperous. It is the third elections after Brexit, after the American elections. We have the upcoming French and German elections. And this is a chance for a big democracy like the Netherlands to make a point - to stop this toppling over of the domino stones of the wrong sort of populism.feedback

Mark Rutte

You could say these are the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals in trying to prevent the wrong sort of populism to win. The half-finals are in France, in April and May. And then in September in Germany, we have the finals. And I want the Netherlands to be the first country which stops this trend of the wrong sort of populism.feedback

Geert Wilders

Every day we're confronted with the mess of this. This is your scum. I hope you'll learn lessons, because to what has your policy led?feedback

Mark Rutte

It appears that the VVD will be the biggest party in the Netherlands for the third time in a row. Tonight we'll celebrate a little. It is also an evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said 'stop' to the wrong kind of populism.feedback

Jesse Klaver

In these elections there was an overwhelming attention from the foreign press, which is understandable because Brexit happened and Trump was elected, and because France, Germany and maybe Italy will be holding elections. They asked us: Will populism break through in the Netherlands? That is the answer that we have for the whole of Europe: Populism did not break through.feedback

Alexander Pechtold

During this election campaign, the whole world was watching us. They were looking at Europe to see if this continent would follow the call of the populists, but it has now become clear that call stopped here in the Netherlands.feedback

Mark Rutte

It is my task to keep the nation safe and stable and deal with these kinds of people.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

Dutch elections rarely raise an eyebrow on our island, but now, both leavers and remainers are obsessing over the populist battle in Europe. It would be an irony more bitter than delicious, but could Brexit be having an unexpected effect on the people of Britain – turning us finally, and despite everything, into good Europeans?feedback

Bert Bakker

Since the entrance of Geert Wilders into the political arena, he hasn't had any office but he has exerted influence.feedback

Hajo Funke

There is no Trump effect. Nothing happened. I see stagnation, or decline. There is a danger that it can go out of control, as far as the voting for Wilders, but I doubt that will be the case. Italy is potentially the worst case because if they are forced by election results to have a euro referendum, then there would be a big danger.feedback

Mark Rutte

Well, this has nothing to do with elections. We have not sought… We did not seek this fight, it was Turkey deciding to create this chaos last Saturday. That's what I'm fighting for, not for myself, but I do believe that the present strategy, the present course of the government is the best way of moving forward – and no experiments!feedback

Geert Wilders

I used to live in Kanaleneiland, a suburb of Utrecht, which, during the 20 years that I lived there, transformed into a very dangerous neighborhood for non-Muslims. I have been robbed. On several occasions, I had to run for safety. The same transformation has happened in parts of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and other cities in the Netherlands, as well as in cities in Belgium, Germany, Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and other countries.feedback

Jesse Klaver

I think we are still a tolerant country. We are a country who believes in freedom and we are an emphatic society I would say. Geert Wilders is losing momentum. You know he was very high in the polls and now he is going down and down and down. And that's where he should be.feedback

Jesse Klaver

And a lot of people who are voting for Geert Wilders are not racist, they are very tolerant. Except they are only afraid for what is happening in their lives. They are afraid for their future.feedback

Markus Wagner

This sort of thing has been expected for a while but there's never much evidence of it. But in the past six months there's been increasing evidence of parties moving to the right to recapture the vote.feedback

Mark Rutte

It means that we all have to make sure that we are not just there to live our own lives but we also have a responsibility to make sure that we live in a context of caring about others. It's not just me, myself and I. We are a society.feedback

Mark Rutte

I have made no anti-immigrant statements. I am fighting on my own agenda. My main point is where we thought Brexit would not happen, it happened. We thought the American elections would deliver a Clinton presidency. They didn't. My worry here in the Netherlands is that people think that this type of chaos cannot happen to the Netherlands because Geert Wilders is somewhat down in the polls. But I am warning people it could still happen.feedback

Xandra Lammers

I don't think it's authentic. He's swimming with the waves of Geert Wilders.feedback

Mark Rutte

We do not rule out any party, not even … no party at all. At the same time there are huge differences between my party and the Labour Party and the Freedom Party.feedback

Masashi Murata - Brown Brothers Harriman

The market faces a series of event-related risks. It's hard to predict whether that would be the Dutch elections, the Fed policy decision, (U.S. President Donald Trump's) budget proposal or the G20 meeting, but the dollar faces significant downside risks.feedback

Salima Talib

That generation, they were workers. They didn't talk about things. We have a voice. We are well educated. Mr. Wilders is threatened by how well we are participating in our communities.feedback

Mark Rutte

You want 'Nexit'. You want the Netherlands out of Europe. You know this will cost 1.5 million jobs. That would mean chaos for the Netherlands. In England (Britain), there's chaos too now, because of Brexit. You want to push the Netherlands into chaos too. Don't do it. I sincerely hope you're not going to be the biggest (party), that you won't form a cabinet, I will put up a tough fight. Don't do it. It's the worst news the Netherlands can have now.feedback

Simon Kuper - Financial Times

There are two very different stories about next Wednesday's Dutch elections. A foreign story, which is all about Wilders and whether he can complete the populist treble after Brexit and Trump; and a Dutch story, in which Wilders isn't even the main character.feedback

Josh Barro

I think the answer is that American nationalists tend to oppose immigration for reasons that are fundamentally racist. They want white people to have more babies and fewer minorities to come here. But the facts on the ground in the United States are not useful for arguing that case without explicit appeals to racism. So obsess over Europe, where immigration has created more problems and birthrates are more dire.feedback

Dina Pardijs - European Council

With a larger group of MPs behind him, and a new narrative of an election stolen from the people, he will have even more ammunition to attack from the side lines. Wilders can stay compromise-free until the moment where something fundamentally changes in the Netherlands.feedback

Simon Kuper - Financial Times

If he compromises in order to join a coalition government, he becomes almost a standard Dutch politician, and therefore less interesting to the Horowitzes. More exciting to stay pure, and remain the only Dutch politician who is heard abroad, better known than Mark Rutte, the prime minister since 2010. Wilders' radicalism, like his dyed blond swept-back hair, gives him an international brand.feedback

Mark Rutte

If you look below the surface, the English economy suffers potentially irreparable harm because of their Brexit. They want to leave London, so they mainly think about Frankfurt and Amsterdam. I don't see right away how they can negotiate a deal with Europe in the future. It will never be as good as what they have now. The political system in London is shaking on its foundations. You don't want that.feedback

Andre Krouwel

Wilders will play no role in the formation of a government. But Wilders plays a major role in the tone and content of the campaign and Wilders – even if he doesn't win a single seat – has already won because the two biggest right-wing parties have taken over his policies. The longest coalition formation was seven months. It wouldn't surprise me if this results leads to a very complicated and long formation process.feedback

Albert Busch

Our prime minister did a very good job at the right moment for the elections. The chance he will be chosen tomorrow is much bigger than it was last week.feedback

Mark Rutte

We will not lower ourselves to this level. It is totally unacceptable.feedback

Mark Rutte

I believe they just wanted to come here to talk with Turkish people about the referendum. And again, it was very difficult to come to logistical arrangements.feedback

Mark Rutte

Turkey is a proud country, but also the Netherlands is a proud country. We will never negotiate under threats, under these type of utterings of the foreign minister. So that's why we stopped discussions and we told him that he was no longer welcome that Saturday.feedback

James Franey - Euronews

Geert Wilders has in many ways followed in the footsteps of Pim Fortuyn, who rose to prominence in the Netherlands after 9/11. Socially liberal, but a critic of immigration and Islam, this openly gay politician dared to speak up on issues that were considered taboo at the time. His party topped the polls ahead of the 2002 general election.feedback

Angela Merkel

These comparisons are totally misleading, they belittle the suffering, especially in the case of the Netherlands which suffered so much under the Nazis. This is completely unacceptable and that's why the Netherlands have my full support and solidarity, especially also my Dutch colleague Mark Rutte.feedback

Mark Rutte

We've seen it with Brexit, we've seen it with Trump, when we thought it wouldn't happen the night before. The chance is still large as life that we wake up on March 16th and Wilders's [party] is the biggest.feedback

Joop van Holsteijn

Immigration and integration, and the relationship of the Netherlands with Turkey, will be rather salient suddenly, and Wilders can be considered the issue owner here. Following this line of reasoning, Wilders may profit, if only due to some strategic PVV supporters who decide to follow their heart and not their mind on Wednesday.feedback

Geert Wilders

The Netherlands can see that these people are Turks, not Dutch. They have Dutch passports, but they don't belong here.feedback

Mark Rutte

This has never happened before – a country saying someone is not welcome and then them coming regardless.feedback

Mark Rutte

It's not about who will eventually govern. It's about the signal that will be given if Wilders becomes the biggest force.feedback

Sarah de Lange

He increasingly emphasizes the kind of issues that the PVV campaigns on, but then in a more moderate way. Rutte has recently taken up the issue of Dutch identity and immigration, emphasizing especially the fact that those who do not conform to our norms and values should not continue to live in the Netherlands.feedback

Mark Rutte

Internationally it would mean that people say the next domino has fallen, no matter who eventually governs. After Brexit, the U.S, also the Netherlands–then France, Germany and Italy will follow. If you look at the chaos that arose in the U.S. and the U.K., then it's essential we avoid that.feedback

Leo Lucassen

The murder of Theo Van Gogh was a real turning point. He represented this new anti-religion, leftish ideology that was part of the 1960s and 1970s. Many people, even those from the left, would go on to argue that Muslims constitute a problem and a danger to the open society that the Netherlands is.feedback

Jan Rath

Historically, Dutch tolerance has been more of a pragmatic strategy. Tolerance has been a way to contain oppositions or complications.feedback

Ian Buruma

They were supposed to have been temporary, to clean out oil tankers, work in steel factories, sweep the streets.feedback

Geert Wilders

We should not import a retarded political Islamic society into our country. The Netherlands has been too tolerant to intolerant people for too long.feedback

Jan Rath

In the 1970s and 1980s, there was growing discontent of Muslim communities. The parties, however, had the principle that it was not appropriate to have a political fight about the presence of immigrants. You don't use minorities to make a political point.feedback

Simon Usherwood

Wilders is very unlikely to be in government, unless everyone else flat-lines in voting. There's a strong sense of wanting to exclude him [Wilders], even if that means a big coalition and other compromises on policy. It also suits Wilders more to be on the outside, criticising.feedback

Gijs De Vries

Wilders' competitors compete with him by embracing some of his ideas without the extremism Wilders purports. At local level most people get along with their neighbours. Muslims, Christians, non-believers or Buddhists. But I think there are many genuine concerns from people who feel their neighbourhoods are no longer the environment they knew when they grew up as children.feedback

Gijs De Vries

I think the headline reporting that suggests Wilders is about to takeover The Netherlands is misleading, that is definitely not the case. Numerically at least, as much as we can trust the polls, he's not getting above 20 percent of the vote. Secondly he will have great difficulty joining a government coalition. The other parties have so far claimed they would not wish to join in a coalition that included Mr Wilders.feedback

Gijs De Vries

That is a feeling many people have and it's genuine and it should be taken very seriously. At the same time it's also clear you have a number of politicians who actively fan the flames of xenophobia. And it's obvious Mr Wilders is one of them. If you go into the elections saying you will close all Islamic schools, even though you want Christians to be free to form their schools, you are clearly trying to exploit a divide. He's got support but many people find he's going much too far.feedback

Mark Rutte

This country, as the mayor of Rotterdam pointed out yesterday, was bombed during the Second World War by the Nazis. It's totally unacceptable to talk in this way. Turkey is a proud nation; the Netherlands is a proud nation. We can never do business under those sorts of threats and blackmail.feedback

Geert Wilders

They carry our passports, but they do not belong to us. They spit on our identity and behave like conquerors. We'll take care of it.feedback

Tom Louwerse

It is quite likely that this year, even after the election it will be quite unclear as to what coalition might be formed, so at this stage it would be pure speculation.feedback

Mark Rutte

Some Turkish politicians are talking about Nazism and fascism in relationship to The Netherlands. This country, as the Mayor of Rotterdam pointed out yesterday, was bombed during the second World War by the Nazis. It's totally unacceptable to talk in this way. So of course there is absolutely no way excuses can be made, they should make an excuse for what they have done.feedback

Mark Rutte

We've ended up in a bad movie. The Turks have ramped this up themselves.feedback

Geert Wilders

Nexit is the best thing that can happen to us. We will be in charge of our own country, we will have the key to our own front door again. Rutte said last year Britain would vanish from the face of the earth. They're doing better than ever.feedback

Mark Rutte

It's the difference between tweeting from the sofa and running a country. Since then you have radicalised still further by saying the mosques will close and you will remove Korans from people's homes. I will not work with a politician like that, either in government or with a supporting deal. Not ever, ever.feedback

Joris Luyendijk

However well his anti-EU, anti-Islam and anti-immigration platform does in the general election, Wilders will not get to lead a government – or a Nexit. Whether Geert Wilders’ PVV party ends in first, second or third place in the Dutch general election on Wednesday, one thing is certain: the Netherlands will still be gripped by “populism paralysis”.feedback

Mark Rutte

I want The Netherlands to be the first country which stops this trend of the wrong sort of populism. You could say these are the quarter-finals in trying to prevent the wrong sort of populism to win. The half-finals are in France in April and May and then in September in Germany you have the finals.feedback

Jan Kok

And then you have Wilders and Rutte, the prime minister, saying, You don't like it here, then go away,' but these boys were born here. Where are they going to go?feedback

Fouad El Kanfaoui

Wilders speaks to a part of Dutch society that feels their Dutch identity is threatened. The Dutch supermarkets and bakeries are leaving, Instead of Hans's bakery, it's Muhammad's bakery. When traditions change it's difficult; when it's confronting them personally, it's challenging.feedback

Mark Rutte

Turkey is a proud nation. The Netherlands is a proud nation. We can never do business under those sorts of threats and blackmail. The biggest problem in this case is that Turkey is talking about Turkish citizens who they want to talk to. These are Dutch citizens who possibly also have voting rights in Turkey.feedback

Mark Rutte

This is a man who yesterday made us out to be fascists and a country of Nazis. I'm going to de-escalate, but not by offering apologies. Are you nuts? We are in the wrong situation with Turkey at the moment. We asked the minister not to come because of the tensions we expected in Rotterdam and because we are not comfortable with such a visit. A visit from a Turkish minister to the Dutch people to talk about a Turkish referendum, and still they come.feedback

Andre Krouwel

Rutte is a key player in this because he is prime minister. We are the ones who really protect your interests, we are the ones who go down into the trenches to defend the Netherlands. The election is still wide open. What the right-wing parties are now doing is jumping on this theme from Turkey to – more than already was the case – emphasize themes of immigration, integration, the migrant problem and the concerns about what identity we still share.feedback

Geert Wilders

These elections are historic, because the Netherlands can choose on the 15th of March if we want to give our land away further or if we are going to recapture it. I have one message to the Dutch people, and that is, if you want to regain your country, if you want to make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands, then you can only vote for one party.feedback

Wim Kortenoeven

Wilders is assuming that everything will be broken very soon and that when it does, the urgency to ask him to be the prime minister will be bigger than the aversion to work together with him.feedback

Bianca Pander

Rutte is in the picture now: He's on every TV show, and on every newspaper.feedback

Bianca Pander

Rutte now has premier bonus. He can now show what leadership means.feedback

Mark Rutte

Since last week [foreign affairs] minister Bert Koenders and I have been constantly trying to de-escalate the situation. We need to talk about this. This has never happened before, a country saying someone is not welcome and then them coming regardless.feedback

Geert Wilders

The Netherlands can see that these people are Turks, not Dutch. They have Dutch passports but they don't belong here.feedback

Mark Rutte

I've never experienced this before, but we want to be the more prudent party. If they escalate we will have to respond, but we will do everything in our power to de-escalate.feedback

Mark Rutte

I understand they are angry but this is of course way out of line. We will do everything to keep the relations with Turkey as good as possible, as strong as possible.feedback

Omer Celik

The Netherlands' decision to cancel the flight permit of our foreign minister is not befitting of friendship. This decision does not suit our alliance and our friendship that has spanned centuries. If racist Geert Wilders were in power in the Netherlands, he'd make such a decision.feedback

Geert Wilders

To all Turks in the Netherlands who agree with Erdogan: Go to Turkey and NEVER come back!!feedback

Mark Rutte

I understand they're angry but this is of course way out of line.feedback

Mark Rutte

This morning on TV (the Turkish minister) made clear he was threatening the Netherlands with sanctions and we can never negotiate with the Turks under such threats. So we decided...in a conference call it was better for him not to come.feedback

Elizabeth Wiztier

The signal that would send out to the rest of the world is shocking. I believe in Europe and that we need to work together.feedback

Mohammed Mohandis

Some voters think we did the right thing taking responsibility in government, but others say, what are you doing with the VVD? You hear both.feedback

Mark Rutte

This morning on TV [the Turkish minister] made clear he was threatening the Netherlands with sanctions and we can never negotiate with the Turks under such threats. So we decided ... in a conference call it was better for him not to come.feedback

Mark Rutte

Many Dutch people with a Turkish background are authorized to vote in the referendum over the Turkish constitution. The Dutch government does not have any protest against gatherings in our country to inform them about it. But these gatherings may not contribute to tensions in our society and everyone who wants to hold a gathering is obliged to follow instructions of those in authority so that public order and safety can be guaranteed.feedback

Geert Tomlow

Trump is the biggest antidote to Wilders. People are aware that a Wilders type of person won't give them the change they're looking for.feedback

Sijbren de Jong

Wilders took a cue from the U.S. elections as to how Donald Trump has done this. The whole point is to denounce people, the media, the establishment. It's politics on the basis of emotion. It's completely devoid of content.feedback

Mark Rutte

This is our chance to stop this trend. There's still a big risk that will be the biggest party. But we've seen the chaos after Brexit and after the elections in America. And we can't have that here.feedback

Denice Spaans

I think 80 percent of people who vote Wilders are afraid of change.feedback

Leo Pronk

Wilders is saying what the low-educated people want to hear ... Immigrants are taking our jobs, they are raping our women.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

I will go to the Netherlands, of course I will. Everybody should know that no such implementations, no such obstacles can stop us. Nobody can stop us from meeting our citizens. We will not succumb to fascists and racists like Wilders. We will go and meet our citizens whenever and wherever they want.feedback

Mark Rutte

The Turks know that we are against such a visit to address large groups of Turks. It has to do with the fact that he is a minister. It is not that we are barring Turkish politicians but ministers who want to talk about such purely national issues.feedback

Mark Rutte

This is the most serious thing we can do. You tell the foreign affairs minister of a NATO ally, We know you will come to the Netherlands: Don't show up! And if you still decide to come, you won't have a chauffeur driven car, no escort, no support.feedback

Paul Wilders

My family has been threatened, I have been threatened. My life was at stake at moments. I've been bullied. I got phone calls all the time. Not the pleasant ones. So for me it did have an impact. My mother's birthday, that was the last time, until I spoke up last december [against him], after that he did cut me off. I took into account it could happen knowing the way he is. I sincerely did hope it didn't turned out that way. So I'm not happy with it. It's not up to me to decide for him.feedback

Paul Wilders

He has been a little spoiled, a little spoiled brat. He lived like most young guys do up til his 18th birthday when he left for Israel. After he returned, he went to work for social service, experienced that there was a lot of bureaucracy and from that moment on he decided: I really do want to make difference. He saw a gap politically. He was a fierce opponent of Turkey at that moment and jumped into the gap with quite a lot of success. He has been the person in the Netherlands who stood up in a way quite extreme, providing easy solutions for difficult problems that people where looking for.feedback

Paul Wilders

Most of the things he does propose are that extreme, laws will have to be changed and that will take years in the Netherlands. So he will disappoint his followers and voters [as well]. He can't afford that. So in the end, whatever the outcome of the elections, I do believe, he will take the first way out, blame the others.feedback

Mark Rutte

Well yes, in the Netherlands it might be a particularly difficult phase after the elections but typically it can take some time but we eventually will form a government.feedback

Geert Wilders

Movements like mine in France, in Germany, in Austria and Italy, we were getting stronger in the last few years even before Donald Trump came to office.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

With a lot of pretentious talk about the “deconstruction of the administrative state” and political fantasies (tariffs that don’t provoke retaliation, for example), Stephen K. Bannon and President Trump hoped to transform the GOP into an ethno-nationalist, pro-Russia party akin to the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the National Front in France and the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom (headed by Geert Wilders). We will see how the European counterparts do in elections throughout the year, but so far the Trumpist GOP and its hodgepodge of ill-conceived ideas gleaned from Fox News (with its obsession over illegal immigration for which it provides oodles of incorrect data) have fallen flat.feedback

Jesse Klaver

When I look to the international media, they are paying a lot of attention to Geert Wilders and that's not the Netherlands, it's just a part of the Netherlands. And you see that our party, we are gaining momentum and we are just the opposite of what is happening with Geert Wilders.feedback

Geert Wilders

Stay away, this is our country. This is Holland, so stay away. And I hope the Dutch government will be a little bit more tough and tell them that they are not welcome to lobby here, we are not a country where foreign people who support people like Mr. Erdogan to give him even more power and give him more autocracy.feedback

Geert Wilders

Leave us alone, lobby in your own country, and stay away. Mr Erdogan is a mere dictator. We would not allow lobbying for North Korea or Saudi Arabia in our country either.feedback

Holger Sandte - Nordea Bank

I can only speculate, but I think a negative Trump effects is at play. On top of that, Rutte's sharpening of the tone regarding immigration could also play a role. And some potential PVV voters might feel that their vote is lost as the main parties excluded to cooperate with Wilders.feedback

Hans de Bruijn

Twitter of course fits Wilders's style, but there is also a practical reason for using Twitter – due to his police protection, the opportunities for Wilders to organize town-hall-like meetings with his supporters are very limited. They do not exploit the issue.feedback

Cas Mudde

I think it is impossible to maintain, as Wilders does, that living under 24/7 protection and safe houses for 13 years has not affected him. He has hardened on Islam and on those 'defending' Islam. His struggle with 'Global Islam' has a clear personal aspect, which further polarizes him.feedback

Geert Wilders

When I go to a movie theater, the last rows of seats are cleared for me and my guards. We come in after the movie has begun and leave before it ends – the last time I saw the beginning or the end of a movie in a Dutch theater, George W. Bush was still serving his first term as U.S. president.feedback

David Horowitz

I think he's the Paul Revere of Europe. Geert Wilders is a hero, and I think he's a hero of the most important battle of our times, the battle to defend free speech.feedback

Bert Brussen

It's a way of speaking to people. A lot of what Wilders says, it's Internet language. The Internet makes them stronger, and they make the Internet stronger.feedback

Geert Wilders

The Koran really, for instance if you look at anti-Semitism, the Koran has more anti-Semitism in it than Mein Kampf, the book of another totalitarian violent ideology. So rather I would have no Koran at all as we in Holland at least have outlawed Mein Kampf as well.feedback

Mark Rutte

We are now number one in the polls, but we still have the Freedom Party just behind us, Geert Wilders, so there is still a big risk that he could come out number one, so I think that it would be very bad news. I will fight very hard for my party to get out first.feedback

Maurice de Hond

My research shows that there is a part of population who is pessimistic about their financial future. It's about 30-35 percent of Dutch population, usually also with lower education, who are favourable for a party like party of Wilders.feedback

Geert Wilders

Islam...might be dressed up as a religion. I believe that the Koran and the Islam more especially might be dressed up as a religion. It has a holy book, it has a temple. It has Imams. But in reality, it is not so much a religion but an ideology.feedback

Geert Wilders

It's the voters who are in charge of this country Mark, for a HUNDRED percent. And. Nobody. In. The. Netherlands. Still. Believes. You.feedback

Andrej Zaslove

Dutch politics is about coalition forming, and traditionally the largest party is given the chance to go and have talks with other political parties and form a government. Even if he [Wilders] was in power, he's not going to be Donald Trump where he can pass executive laws willy nilly. It's about dealmaking. Populism is on the rise in Europe and North America, there's no question. But in Dutch politics, it's much more normalized, and I think it has to do with the fact that we have a multi-party system with a very low entry threshold so populism and other new parties are institutionalized.feedback

Sarah de Lange

Most of the political parties have a very broad network in society with people with experience in large organizations or in civil society. He doesn't.feedback

Sarah de Lange

Wilders has been in parliament for a longtime–first for the VVD, and now for the PVV. Nevertheless voters consider him an outsider … and that is more a way he presents himself than objective fact.feedback

Andrej Zaslove

If you do a statistical analysis, you see the ideal type voter would be a lower educated, probably white man who is lower middle class or maybe working class who lives in a smaller town, perhaps a suburb, probably bordering on a larger city. You get other people that vote for different reasons. But if you're looking for statistical mean, that's what you would find.feedback

Sarah de Lange

He is very skilled at projecting himself as someone who is not part of the establishment, who is outside politics, who is not tainted by traditional politics. The fact that he's been under police surveillance for more than a decade now helps him make that claim, because he does not participate in many of the traditional political events that take place.feedback

Andrej Zaslove

It's not something that's all of the sudden appeared and it's not something that's going to go away.feedback

Geert Wilders

Almost the entire Establishment, the elite universities, the churches, the media, politicians, put our hard-earned liberties at risk. Day after day, for years, we are experiencing the decay of our cherished values. The equality of men and women, freedom of opinion and speech, tolerance of homosexuality–all this is in retreat.feedback

Geert Wilders

I rather would have not Koran at all as we in Holland at least have outlawed Mein Kampf as well. It might be in some part highly symbolic, still it would have an enormous effect to do so. If one country is tougher on its immigration policy than the other, then the most immigrants go to the country with the softest immigration policy.feedback

Rudi Kunzel

The first crisis of capitalism was in 2008 and it was not followed by the return of work opportunities. So people are rightly angry, but they wrongly turn their anger against minorities.feedback

Geert Wilders

If I were prime minister today, I would declare that at least until mid April, when they have this referendum in Turkey, I would call the whole cabinet of Turkey persona non grata for a month or two.feedback

Geert Wilders

I think that coming here to advocate a change of the Turkish constitution that will only strengthen the Islamo-fascist leader Erdogan of Turkey more than Parliament, Turkish parliament, is the worst thing that could happen to us.feedback

Mark Rutte

We believe that Dutch public space is not the place for political campaigns of other countries.feedback

Geert Wilders

Mr Rutte is right, there is a very big chance the PVV will be the biggest party in the Netherlands after the elections. But I don't agree with what he says that we do wrong kind of populism. We say what people want to hear when it comes to immigration, integration, Islam, problems which are real.feedback

Alexander Pechtold

It's my ambition to form a coalition, a stable coalition and it's my personal ambition to become prime minister.feedback

Mark Rutte

We find this unacceptable, the public sphere of the Netherlands is not the political campaign area of other countries.feedback

Sylvana Simons

The trouble is, our constitution's first article is under pressure.feedback

Richard Mosse

It's my attempt to use that technology against itself, to create an abiding image of very provisional, temporary spaces that we'd rather overlook in our society.feedback

Gijs De Vries

Wilders' discourse is increasingly being copied and rehashed by his competitors. Mr Rutte [current PM] wrote an open letter in a major Dutch newspaper, which, between the lines said 'if foreigners don't behave the way, we, the original Dutch want, they had better pack their bags'. The Christian Democrats leader, not to be outdone, has just said he would be happy to tear up the [EU's} treaty with Ukraine [which the Dutch rejected in a referendum], pandering to the anti-EU sentiment in part of the population.feedback

Geert Wilders

I can hardly remember what it's like to cross the road alone. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. But at least I know why I do what I do. My mission is to make sure the Netherlands, unlike my own life, remains free.feedback

Paul Wilders

Political exploitation of social unrest is a dangerous thing. Those with the shiniest fruit on the market often sell the most poisonous oranges.feedback

Laszlo Maracz

Yahtzee was his favorite. He always knew how to go all in on a bet, managing to throw a high enough number against the odds.feedback

Marine Le Pen

How can the pro-European fanatic Emmanuel Macron hope to be understood by Britain which has voted for Brexit, by Italy who has just said no to the European Union by referendum, by the Netherlands which are getting ready for a victory of the nationalists with my friend Geert Wilders.feedback

Geert Wilders

My god, I had no idea. How much more is there I don't know?feedback

Geert Wilders

If a Dutch person driving in a car drives five miles too fast, he will be fined within a minute whereas the Moroccan scum in Holland – once again, not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who makes the streets unsafe, mostly young people and they are not taken seriously.feedback

Wil Fens

The most important thing for me is bringing the pension age back down to 65. Despite all the hate and fear-mongering of the elite both in Britain and Brussels, people took their fate in their own hands. I think that will happen in Holland, in France, Austria and in Germany.feedback

Geert Wilders

Look at the Islamization, how we let terrorism into the country. How we let the Moroccan scum go ahead without us doing anything against them.feedback

Wil Fens

The most important thing for me is bringing the pension/sage back down to 65.feedback

Geert Wilders

Not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who makes the streets unsafe. If you want to regain your country, if you want to make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands, your own home, again, then you can only vote for one party. Despite all the hate and fear-mongering of the elite both in Britain and Brussels, people took their fate in their own hands. I think that will happen in Holland, in France, Austria and in Germany.feedback

Geert Wilders

We want to make the Netherlands ours again, to close the borders and keep all the money we give to foreigners, it's billions, to Africa for development, to Brussels, to Greece, to asylum seekers in the Netherlands. We will stop it and give all that money to the Dutch people living in the Netherlands.feedback

Koen Vossen

He's preaching to the converted and also to a few percent _ maybe 10 per cent _ who are still doubting whether they will vote for Wilders. Maybe he will win a few percent extra because of Trump, but he could also lose a few percent.feedback

Mark Rutte

We feel a growing discomfort when people abuse our freedom here to spoil things, while they just come to our country for that freedom. I understand that people think if you so fundamentally reject our country, I prefer that you leave. Act normally, or leave. The solution is foremost a mindset. We must continue to make clear what is normal and what is not normal in this country. We will have to actively defend our values.feedback

Geert Wilders

Yesterday a new America, today a new Europe. The people of the West are awakening. They are throwing off the yoke of political correctness. This will be the year of the people, of liberation, the year of the patriotic spring.feedback

Geert Wilders

Yesterday, a new America. Today – hello Koblenz – a new Europe!feedback

Jeffrey Gundlach

It would be best to avoid European assets because of upcoming French and Dutch elections.feedback

Mark Rutte

The situation with Russia is getting ever more confrontational. That is a direct threat to our stability.feedback

Mark Rutte

It is in the Dutch interest that Europe is strong in its relationship with Russia, with Russia being increasingly aggressive in its foreign policy.feedback

Geert Wilders

Three PVV [Party for Freedom] hating judges declare that Moroccans are a race and convict me and half of the Netherlands. Madness.feedback

Geert Wilders

Every verdict, acquittal, or conviction will de facto change nothing. I will continue to speak the truth regardless, including about the Moroccan problem, and no judge, politician or terrorist will stop me.feedback

Geert Wilders

Yesterday showed – and that is what I will tell my voters – that everything is possible and this will not stop, you see the same movement in most of the other European countries. It is an enormous incentive that Donald Trump won the election yesterday for all of us freedom-and-patriotic-loving people.feedback

Geert Wilders

Politics will never be the same. What happened in America can happen in Europe and the Netherlands as well.feedback

Geert Wilders

Trump winning proved to me that people are fed up with politically correct politicians who are concerned and involved with issues that regard themselves but not those that are important to the public.feedback

Geert Wilders

It is a travesty that I have to stand trial because I spoke about fewer Moroccans. It is my right and my duty as a politician to speak about the problems in our country.feedback

Geert Wilders

Next Monday, the trial against freedom of speech begins. Against a politician who says what the politically correct elite does not want to hear. This trial is a political trial, in which I refuse to cooperate.feedback

Hendrik Steenhuis

Just because Mr Wilders has never been prosecuted for his remarks or his party's views on Moroccans over the last nine years, doesn't mean he will never be prosecuted for his comments about Moroccans.feedback

Mark Rutte

All these countries have an interest in fighting terrorism, in a more secure Europe, in preventing uncontrolled migration, all have an interest in economic co-operation to create more jobs.feedback

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

What Mr. Wilders shares in common with Mr. Trump, Mr. (Viktor) Orban, Mr. (Milos) Zeman, Mr. (Nobert) Hofer, Mr. (Robert) Fico, Madame (Marine) Le Pen, Mr. Farage, he also shares with Da'esh (ISIS).feedback

Jean Asselborn

I hope this can be a lesson against falling for political opportunists like the (anti-migration) AfD in Germany or Geert Wilders in the Netherlands.feedback

Mark Rutte

England has collapsed politically, monetarily, constitutionally and economically.feedback

Mark Rutte

It's not only the British voters who have doubts about European cooperation. There is skepticism in many other EU countries.feedback

Geert Wilders

I believe that the offspring will be that other countries like my own country, the Netherlands, where the majority of the people want the 'Nexit' or at least a referendum about a possible 'Nexit' as well, that will come as well. I'm trying to achieve the same in the Netherlands next year.feedback

Geert Wilders

Hurrah for the British! Now it is our turn. Time for a Dutch referendum!feedback

Geert Wilders

It is time for a new start, relying on our own strength and sovereignty. Also in the Netherlands.feedback

Mark Rutte

I think it would be very bad news, for the UK, for the Netherlands, for Europe as a whole. For two reasons. First of all, take the Netherlands and the UK. We are both seafaring nations. Our prosperity, our ability to create jobs, future growth, is built on the free market, is built on open borders.feedback

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