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Wilders remains force to be reckoned with: analysts
by Jan Hennop
Geert Wilders may have been beaten into second place in the Dutch elections but the far-right MP will enjoy a magnified role in parliament and remain a force to be reckoned with, analysts said.
While he failed in his aim of starting a "patriotic revolution," Wilders has already succeeded in shifting the debate and the tone in Dutch politics on immigration and integration, observers said.
Campaigning on an anti-Islam ticket, the peroxide-haired politician saw his hopes wilt from an all-time high in January when opinion polls had said he could win as many as 37 seats in the 150-seat Dutch lower chamber.
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