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Europeans will pay the price for their mistakes

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The outlook for Europe is grim. As the European Union strays away from its core values and populism wreaks havoc throughout the continent.

Optimists who would like to pretend that last week's Dutch election marked a defeat for Geert Wilders and his merry band of racists are dead wrong. Mr. Wilders may have failed to lead the polls, but his ideas certainly made an impact on European politics. Desperately seeking to cling to power, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte showed complete disregard for universal values. Like Mr. Wilders himself, Mr. Rutte built his election campaign around xenophobia. In addition to making hostile statements about Turkey, he denied landing rights to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and prevented Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from entering the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam. While a Turkish minister and her close advisers were treated like terrorists, the mayor of Rotterdam announced that the special forces, which had been deployed to the Turkish consulate, had orders to shoot Kaya's personal bodyguards. To add insult to injury, the Dutch government violated the Vienna Convention to detain Turkish diplomats. The whole........

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