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Analysis: Anti-Islam film scares The Hague

BERLIN, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Dutch government is bracing for widespread violence that could be sparked by an anti-Islam film that its producer wants to broadcast sometime this week.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

EU expansion faces opposition

BRUSSELS, May 10 (UPI) -- Growing anti-immigrant and other sentiments in Europe may force the European Union to put off its expansion plans.

Slain Dutch director's last film premieres

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Slain Dutch director Theo van Gogh's final film, titled "06/05," has premiered in The Hague, the BBC reported Monday.

Right wing icon voted greatest Dutchman

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Slain right wing politician Pim Fortuyn has been voted the greatest Dutchman of all time by television viewers in the Netherlands.

Assignment America: Taking the pledge

NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- When I say "one nation under God," I can take or leave the "under God" part, but I'm a fanatic about the "one nation" part. Has anyone ever considered that we'r
JOHN BLOOM

Commentary: Muentzer's violent heirs

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Americans will see bewildering scenes from Berlin on their television screens Wednesday as they follow President George W. Bush's visit to the German capital.
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

Commentary: Did Fortuyn have it coming?

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) -- More than a few members of Europe's political establishment appear to believe that Pim Fortuyn -- the frank anti-immigration Dutch politician who was assassinat
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

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Wilhelmus Simon Petrus "Pim" Fortuyn (pronounced , (February 19, 1948 – May 6, 2002), was a controversial and charismatic politician, author, columnist, public servant and professor in the Netherlands who formed his own party, Pim Fortuyn List (Lijst Pim Fortuyn or LPF). He was assassinated during the 2002 Dutch national election campaign by militant animal rights activist Volkert van der Graaf, who claimed in court he had murdered Fortuyn to stop him from exploiting Muslims as "scapegoats" and targeting "the weak parts of society to score points" in seeking political power.

The official spelling of his family name is "Fortuijn"; later in life he used the spelling "Fortuyn".

Fortuyn was the centre of several controversies for his views about immigrants and Islam. He called Islam "a backward culture" and said that if it were legally possible he would close the borders for Muslim immigrants. He was labelled a far-right populist by his opponents and in the media, but he fiercely rejected this label and explicitly distanced himself from far-right politicians such as the Belgian Filip Dewinter, the Austrian Jörg Haider or Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Pen whenever compared to them. In The Netherlands he is also mainly seen as a populist, more than a fascist or radical right-wing populist While Fortuyn compared his own politics to centre-right politicians such as Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, he also admired former Dutch Prime Minister Joop den Uyl, a socialist. Fortuyn however repeatedly described himself and LPF's ideology as pragmatism and not populism. Fortuyn was openly homosexual.

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