Anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders has accepted defeat in the Dutch election, offering relief to European leaders facing a wave of nationalism.
The latest data suggests Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s VVD party will take the largest share of seats in the Dutch parliament, with almost 95 per cent of votes counted.
The centre-right liberal leader said the Dutch people had spoken out against “the wrong kind of populism”.
According to Dutch broadcaster NOS, data suggests Mr Rutte is expected to retain 33 seats, down from 41.
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