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dutch election: voters go to the polls in key test for populists

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dutch election: voters go to the polls in key test for populists

image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption voter turnout has been high so far voters are going to the polls in the netherlands in the first of three crucial eurozone elections this year.the race is dominated by prime minister mark rutte's centre-right party and that of geert wilders, running on an anti-immigration platform.mr rutte has said the election is an opportunity for voters to "beat the wrong sort of populism".mr wilders has pledged to take the netherlands out of the eu, close all mosques and ban the koran.his freedom party had been leading in opinion polls but they have since suggested his support may be slipping.voter turnout so far has been high, with turnout at 12:45 gmt at 33%, compared to 27% at the last election in 2012, reuters reports.france goes to the polls next month to elect a new president while germany is due to hold a general election in september.wednesday's election also comes amid a diplomatic spat between the netherlands and turkey. voting dutch: quirky polling stationsdutch vote turns spotlight on moroccanscould wilders win? "whatever the outcome of the elections today, the genie will not go back into the bottle and this patriotic revolution - whether today or tomorrow - will take place," mr wilders declared after casting his vote. image copyrightreutersimage caption geert wilders turned out to vote in the hague while a populist surge is still possible in the dutch ballot, a host of other parties could also do well, leaving dut...