>> A tranquil morning in The Netherlands as its government and many others across Europe breathe a sigh of relief. Anti-Islam, Dutch Trump, Geert Wilders, failed to replace Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the top. But did Wilders really lose? I met Reuters' senior correspondent, Thomas Escritt, in Amsterdam. He says, not really.
>> Well, this is one of the big things is that it's quite clear that Wilders has had some effect on Dutch politics, shifting it right by the sheer force of his rhetoric, and by the fact that clearly he's able to address a large public with it. And certainly, Rutte did have to adopt some of Wilders' rhetoric in order to claw back some of the lost votes.
At the same time, though, he was also helped by dramatically improved economy, strong growth, and also the last minute spat between Turkey and the Netherlands, which allowed him to show up as the country's determined leader.>> What does this mean for Rutte? Will he have to work in a much more right government than he'd like to?
>> Well, he's going to be very dominant in his government because his party is way ahead of any other party that he will enter into coalition with. Of the big gainers in this election, certainly Wilders got some extra seats. But the single biggest gainer was the Green Left Party, who are pretty left wing.
They're very pro-European, and their leader is part Moroccan.>> So the big question throughout this election has been what knock-on effect will the results here have on the major elections coming up in France and then Germany?>> It's quite likely that it will knock the wind out of the sails of those nativist, right wing, nationalists groups who have eyed victory of the Brexit camp in Britain last year and of the election of Trump as kinda auguring well for the futures of their movements.
>> Coalition talks begin Thursday. And while Wilders' party did come second, none of the big parties will consider teaming up.