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The fashionable European Union and euro zone breakup scenario just became a little less credible. In what was trumpeted as a victory for the anti-populist, pro-European forces, the ruling VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte emerged on top in the Dutch elections and investors took cheer.

There is little doubt that political risk in the euro zone and the wider European Union has now diminished somewhat. The rising prices of Dutch and French sovereign bonds, the strengthening euro and the FTSE-100’s climb to a record high on Thursday said as much.

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