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Mat Herben takes over as head of the List Pim Fortuyn

A chill wind is blowing through Europe," said Dutch Labor Party leader Ad Melkert in his resignation speech before a packed house of party members at Amsterdam's Paradiso club. He should know: his party lost half its seats and was turfed out of government in last week's parliamentary elections. The bad weather he described was, of course, the anti-immigration sentiment that helped fuel the success of the List Pim Fortuyn (LPF), which gained 26 seats in parliament and now looks set to be part of the next Dutch coalition. Melkert was hardly alone in suggesting that the strong showing of the...

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