Dutch anti-immigration party to gain in upcoming local elections

Dutch right wing, anti-immigration PVV (Freedom) Party stands to gain in local elections scheduled for March 3, 2010. A recent poll from TNS/NIPO projects that the party will win the city of Almere in the local elections, one of only two cities where the party will run. This as a result of the votes of middle aged white men, many of whom did not vote in previous elections.

Attention to the elections has been heightened by the fall of the Dutch national government and subsequent elections scheduled for June 9 2010. As negotiations to form a coalition government are underway, many parties have already ruled out potential cooperation with Wilders. Only the Christian Democrat Party and the right wing Liberals (VVD ) have not yet done so.

Update: bilingual campaign controversy continues in the Netherlands

Controversy over the use of non-Dutch campaign materials for upcoming local elections continues throughout the Netherlands. Radio Netherlands Worldwide this week published an overview of the debate, sparked by posters and brochures published in Arabic, Turkish and Chinese promoting candidates from several parties. The overview juxtaposes comments from integration Minister Eberhard van der Laan stating that materials go against integration to Dutch society with politicians and university professors who support bilingual materials as an important way to keep non-Dutch speakers informed and involved in their local political process.