Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders urges country to give up euro

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A report released Thursday by nationalist politician Geert Wilders says the Netherlands economy would grow if the country abandons the euro.

Germans turn against EU

PARIS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- In Brussels, the high priests of the great European project are telling themselves the worst is over. They are wrong; the real crisis is about to begin.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Is France turning racist?

PARIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The stunning success of France's anti-immigrant Front National (FN) party in winning a regional election Sunday with 54 percent of the vote reflects a growing frustration with conventional politics across Europe.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Amsterdam to move troublemakers from city

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The Dutch capital plans to force chronic bullies and vandals to ghettos where they would live in containerized housing units under police watch, officials said.

Concessions help Dutch form new government

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Netherlands' center-right Liberal and center-left Labor parties have agreed to a centrist government after 47 days of talks following September elections.

EU leader: Immigration not a threat

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, June 7 (UPI) -- Immigration presents an opportunity rather than a threat, a top EU leader said this week as Europe's national interior ministers prepared to tackle reforms.
France, growth and Europe

France, growth and Europe

PARIS, April 30 (UPI) -- The French presidential election has taken on a broader meaning with France offering a growth-oriented alternative to the German-led politics of austerity.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

"Comodohacker" hacker compromises Iranian Web security

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A hacker who says he supports Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is believed to have accessed online communications of as many as 300,000 Iranians, The New York Times says.

Dutch rightist leader repudiates Breivik

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, July 26 (UPI) -- Dutch anti-Muslim leader Geert Wilders Tuesday denounced Anders Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who praised him in his manifesto.
Court acquits politician of hate speech

Court acquits politician of hate speech

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 23 (UPI) -- Right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders was acquitted Thursday of hate speech by an Amsterdam court, which said his fiery comments were protected speech.

Wilders case to re-start with new judges

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Dutch politician on trial for inciting hatred against Muslims won the right to have trial judges replaced after an appeals panel judge pressured a witness.

Anti-Islam Dutch leader tried on hatred

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The trial of Netherlands anti-Islam Party of Freedom leader Geert Wilders, who is charged with discrimination and inciting hatred, began Monday in Amsterdam.

In Europe, far right banks on Islamophobia

BERLIN, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Anti-Islam parties are gaining ground in Europe, establishing themselves as the continent's new populist movement.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Europe Correspondent

Dutch face lengthy coalition talks

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, June 10 (UPI) -- The Netherlands faces months of tough coalition talks after voters punished the government, helped no single party to a clear majority but an unwanted far-right group to a surge in support.

Wilders' appearance irks Temple students

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The president of the Student Senate at Temple University says he was ashamed to have controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders on campus.
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Geert Wilders (Dutch pronunciation: ; born September 6, 1963 in Venlo) is an Indo-Dutch right-wing politician and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV), the third-largest political party in the Netherlands. He is the Parliamentary group leader of his party in the Dutch House of Representatives. In the formation in 2010 of the current Rutte cabinet, a minority cabinet of VVD and CDA, he actively participated in the negotiations, resulting in a "toleration agreement" (gedoogakkoord) between the PVV and these parties. Wilders is best known for his criticism of Islam, summing up his views by saying, "I don't hate Muslims, I hate Islam".

Raised a Roman Catholic, Wilders left the church at his coming of age. His travels to Israel as a young adult, as well as to neighbouring Arab countries, helped form his political views. Wilders worked as a speechwriter for the conservative-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie – VVD), and later served as parliamentary assistant to party leader Frits Bolkestein from 1990 to 1998. He was elected to the Utrecht city council in 1996, and later to the House of Representatives. Citing irreconcilable differences over the party's position on the accession of Turkey to the European Union, he left the VVD in 2004 to form his own party, the Party for Freedom.

Wilders has campaigned to stop what he views as the "Islamisation of the Netherlands". He compares the Quran with Mein Kampf and has campaigned to have the book banned in the Netherlands. He advocates ending immigration from Muslim countries, and supports banning the construction of new mosques. Wilders was a speaker at the Facing Jihad Conference held in Jerusalem in 2008, which discussed the dangers of jihad, and has called for a hard line against what he called the "street terror" exerted by minorities in Dutch cities. His controversial 2008 film about his views on Islam, Fitna, received international attention. He has been described in the media as populist and labeled far right, though this is disputed by other observers. Wilders, who has refused to align himself with other European far-right leaders such as Jean-Marie Le Pen and Jörg Haider, views himself as a right-wing liberal and has expressed concern of being "linked with the wrong rightist fascist groups."

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