2 Feb 2012
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) has reacted against a pamphlet produced by the German justice ministry which labels the PVV a ‘right wing populist’ party. The brochure states that right wing populist parties could be a breeding ground for terrorism, and mentions Wilders twice by name. Wilders used his Twitter account to denounce the ‘scandalous’ statement, and demanded that the German ambassador explain why he is included in the brochure.
15 December 2011
The members of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) with seats in the European parliament refused to acknowledge the five activists in the Arab Spring uprising who were awarded with the Sacharov prize for freedom of thought. The four members refused to applaud or stand for the winners, and the leader of the PVV delegation in Europe criticized the decision to award the prize “to an Arabic civil war”.
The Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), known for its anti-islam, anti-immigrant platform, is calling for a referendum on the presence of minarets in the Netherlands. According to the party minarets symbolize the domination of Christianity by Islam.
14 September 2011
Raymond de Roon, an MP for the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), referred to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan as an ‘Islamic monkey’ during parliamentary question period. The remark was made in reference to Turkey’s anti-Israel rhetoric and in the context of the Dutch saying ‘here comes the monkey out of the sleeve’. MPs from the ruling parties condemned the statement and Foreign Affairs Minister Uri Rosenthal has publicly distanced himself from the comment.
30 June 2011
The Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) has requested that grandchildren of immigrants to the country remain classified as ‘immigrants’ for the purposes of tracking the progress of their integration. PVV representative Joram van Klaveran made the request of internal affairs minister Piet Hein Donner on the grounds that third generation immigrants cause specific problems in society. As Trouw reports, currently 80% of third generation immigrants are younger than ten.
Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) abandoned attempts to form a majority coalition in the town of Almere after it emerged the largest party in municipal elections March 3. No other party was willing to accept the party’s controversial agenda. As a result, the Freedom Party will stand in the opposition. The party also enjoyed success in the Hague during the recent elections, and local leader Sietse Fritsma announced that it is open for “all constructive proposals” from other parties in the city to form a ruling coalition.
Divisive issues preventing a coalition include the party’s demand for urban “commando” presence on the city’s streets, a headscarf ban in public buildings, and local tax cuts.
Earlier this week Wilders faced opposition from the mayor of the German town Monschau after spending the weekend in the region. Mayor Margareta Ritter said that the politician was not welcome in the town, as she was concerned that his presence would “tainted her town with the suspicion that it was sympathetic to his views”, DPA reports
The far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders arrived in London after an immigration tribunal ruling overturned a ban on his visiting Britain. The Home Office said it was disappointed after the tribunal rejected its claim that his presence could “inflame community tensions and lead to interfaith violence”.
Geert Wilders expanded on his controversial views on Islam and described the decision to allow him into the country as a “victory for the freedom of speech”. At a press conference moved inside the Houses of Parliament because of fears for Wilders’s safety, the Freedom party leader said that Islamic culture was inferior to western cultures. He said he had “nothing against” Muslims, but had a problem with the “Islamification of our societies”. “I have a problem with the Islamic ideology, the Islamic culture, because I feel that the more Islam that we get in our societies the less freedom that we get.”
Wilders will, however, not be screening his film Fitna, which criticises the Quran as a “fascist book”, on this trip. The film had been intended to be shown at the House of Lords in February. He said he still intended to screen the film in the House of Lords in the future.