Supporters of Prime Minister Mark Rutte cheer result
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Dutch election: Pro-Europe VVD and Labour parties win

Voters in the Netherlands have backed two pro-European centrist parties, while the anti-immigrant Geert Wilders' Eurosceptic party took heavy losses.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte claimed victory for his liberal VVD party with the centre-left Labour party a close second.

Both parties performed better than predicted, seeking a pan-European solution to the eurozone crisis. They have enough seats for a workable coalition - but would have to reconcile very different views on austerity.

Anna Holligan reports.

  • 13 Sep 2012
  • From the section Europe
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