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‘Nexit’ to Follow Brexit After Dutch Elections!

For a small nation that has grown hugely wealthy thanks to centuries of doing business far and wide, the political mood in the Netherlands has turned surprisingly inward. As a March 15 parliamentary election looms in the Netherlands, one of the founding members of the European Union, popular lawmaker Geert Wilders is dominating polls with an isolationist manifesto that calls for the Netherlands “to be independent again. So out of the EU.” Wilders’ Party for Freedom is a serious contender to win the popular vote, with most polls ahead of the election showing it ahead of other parties. Over the past dozen years, the Dutch have already voted in referenda against EU proposals twice. This nation of 17 million, after being pummeled by the global economic crises in 2007 and 2008, was struck again around 2012 but is now bouncing back strongly. February figures showed the Netherlands’ economy grew a robust 2.1 percent in 2016.

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