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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (MARCH 15, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AT HEADQUARTERS OF DUTCH PRIME MINISTER, MARK RUTTE DUTCH DEFENCE MINISTER, JEANINE HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT, SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) DUTCH DEFENCE MINISTER, JEANINE HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT, SAYING: "Well, I think this is very good news for Europe because we have been witnessing, all of us have been witnessing, Brexit, also (U.S. President Donald) Trump. I mean clearly the United States is not Europe, but it's an important ally, and the Prime Minister (Mark Rutte), my party leader told you last week or earlier this week that we have to beat the wrong sort of populism. We did today. We managed to do so. So I am convinced that Germany, France and all the others with elections coming up will be able to act accordingly." HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) DUTCH DEFENCE MINISTER, JEANINE HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT, SAYING (COMMENTING ON TURKEY ROW): "You know what, I don't think it's wise to comment on it. We would like to de-escalate tensions between the countries. It doesn't make sense at all to continue as we witnessed the past few days. So, cool heads will prevail here." THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (MARCH 15, 2017) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) EXTERIOR OF PARLIAMENT SIGN FOR PARLIAMENT EXTERIOR OF PARLIAMENT DUTCH COMEDIAN, FREEK DE JONGE, BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (English) DUTCH COMEDIAN, FREEK DE JONGE, SAYING: "Well, I am disappointed. I am disappointed because I am an old-fashioned leftist and what happened here is that we are going back to restoration again." (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL EDITOR AT ONE TODAY CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMME, MIRIAM HEIGENJA, SAYING: "There was no fear so to speak that he (Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders) would end up in government. But still he has gained four seats and with that there's no influence but his topics are being accepted by the other parties, the VVD the CDA, they are talking about his policies, his ideas, and with his gain it's even harder for the other parties to form a government because everything is so splintered." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, SAYING: "I am really glad with the results because I am glad the (Wilders' party) PVV isn't the biggest party." Journalist saying: "And why's that?" "Because I don't agree with their policies, what they want to do these next four years. I don't agree with how Geert Wilders speaks about Islam, that's really the case." PEOPLE AT CAFE SQUARE
Dateline: 2017

Dutch Defence Minister Says Rutte's Win In Election 'Very Good News'

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By: Reuters

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