—Russell Shorto, director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam

NPR’s Rob Gifford previews the elections for the Dutch parliament happening today. Though economic concerns seem to be over- shadowing immigration, he highlights how the leading candidates reflect current public opinions about Muslim immigration.

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The Dutch are, well, Dutch. The Dutch Republic was arguably the first democracy on the European continent in the modern era. Yesterday, the Netherlands' electorate demonstrated that they want to preserve that tradition. It was a vote against theocracy.