The ultra-right, anti-immigrant Party for Freedom, let by Geert Wilders, gained seats, but fell short of expectations in the Dutch Parliamentary elections.
Wilders's Party for Freedom came a distant second, with 20 seats, to Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, which won 33.
However, Wilders, a non-practicing Catholic, also welcomed his Freedom Party's emergence as the second-largest party in the 150-seat Dutch Parliament and vowed his "patriotic spring" would triumph next time.
Marine Le Pen's eurosceptic Front National party is now leading in the polls in France, however the outcome will not be decided until 7 May, leaving enough time for circumstances to change.
French and Italian leaders echoed those sentiments.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte easily defeated a strong challenge by far-right rival Geert Wilders in key elections seen as a bellwether of populist support in Europe, partial vote counts said Thursday.
The ongoing refugee crisis and the left wing's illiberal approach in sacrificing free speech for tolerance by introducing registers and censorship, however, will keep fueling the current ultra-right wing counter culture populists like Wilders, Le Pen and Trump represent.
Turkey and Europe have been locked in a diplomatic spat after The Netherlands and Germany blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to secure a "yes" vote in next month's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.
But if there's a lesson to draw from the Dutch vote, it's to not jump to conclusions.
"Although it's hard to say how much influence the church had on the outcome, our own pre-election statements were received positively and clearly appealed to Catholics, who form a significant part of the electorate", she said.
Le Pen, unusually, didn't comment on the Dutch vote result.
Instead Prime Minister Rutte was the toast of most of Europe, where he and other officials expressed relief at proof the populist tide could be weakened, if not stopped.
Rutte, whose win helped boost the euro and European shares, called it an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said "stop" to the wrong kind of populism".
In a letter to the Dutch prime minister, Juncker said he looked forward to continuing good working relations, "in particular our work on the future of Europe". "Therefore I was very happy that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result, a clear signal", Merkel told a conference on demography.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for the start of the Federal Board meeting of her Christian Democrats at Konrad Adenauer House in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 6, 2017.
"During this election campaign, the whole world was watching us", Alexander Pechtold, leader of the left-leaning Democrats 66 party, said.
Alexander Pechtold, the leader of D66, talked about "complicated calculations", but stressed that it was up to Rutte's VVD to take the lead in the process.