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>> Relief across many European capital cities on Thursday morning. Dutch center right Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, fighting off the challenge of anti-Islam, anti-EU rival, Geert Wilders, scoring an election victory celebrated across the EU. German chancellor, Angela Merkel, quick to send her congratulations.>>
> The Netherlands are our partners, friends, neighbors.
Therefore, I was very happy that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result, a clear signal. And that after days in which the Netherlands had to tolerate accusations and reproaches from Turkey, which are totally unacceptable. And after days where we showed our solidarity. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker calling the results an inspiration for many.
But for others, the news not so welcome. A win for Wilders would have been seen as a boost for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen. She's running second in opinion polls ahead of the presidential election next month. Her general secretary nevertheless putting a positive spin on the outcome.
>> Despite everything, this remains a success. It's a step, it's not the final victory yet. But we see that this is demonstrative of a general tendency. And that's the widespread momentum of patriots in Europe.>> Another country keeping a close eye on the Dutch results, Turkey. In the latest jibe at the Netherlands, the prime minister said Turkey had left its mark on the vote, arguing that they have helped to suppress racism in Europe.
While President Erdogan said Rutte may have won the election, but lost the friendship of Ankara. Turkey has been locked in a deepening row with the Netherlands, that after the Dutch barred Turkish ministers from speaking to rallies of overseas Turks ahead of the April referendum on constitutional reform.