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European populists seek "Trump boost" for anti-Islam stances
by John Leicester
In Donald Trump, Europe's populist leaders think they have found a champion.
The opening salvoes of Trump's presidency, most notably his ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, are being gleefully milked by anti-Muslim lawmaker Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and other populist leaders in Germany, Italy and elsewhere who want to roll back the European Union and stem the influx of migrants and refugees.
Ignoring the anti-Trump protests, the wide criticism and legal challenges that have erupted over the new U.S. president's ban, populists in Europe argue that Trump is proving that immigration can be stemmed, even stopped. They see a quick and decisive leader — and their latest weapon with which to attack the European governments and institutions they accuse of being soft on immigration.
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