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Anti-Islam party surges in Netherlands

Stepping away from American politics for a moment, there's been a shocking result in the Netherlands' parliamentary elections. The Freedom Party, which supports a ban on Muslims entering the country and a tax on headscarves, surged from nine to 24 seats in the 150-member parliament, making it the third largest party. That's much less than the party needs to try and form a government or join a coalition -- two center-left parties have a combined 61 seats -- but it makes the party the main force of the political right, and gives its leader Geert Wilders an outside chance of a role in government.

American "anti-jihad" blogs are celebrating the news, led by Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, who calls it "a roadblock on the road to Eurabia."

By David Weigel  |  June 10, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
Categories:  Foreign Policy , Islam  
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