The EU is in need of its populists. Because without loud and critical voices, no fruitful dispute will take place. How could democracy possibly work in such a manner?
The disappointing result for Geert Wilders' far right reflects Dutch attitudes about Europe.
Europe's populists are dangerous. They dress up as democrats merely to hide their authoritarian faces.
Anti-European sentiment is on the rise. This could end up badly. But populism also serves an important function.