Thursday, April 22, 2021   

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Geert Wilders is Guilty in the Court of Public Opinion
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Geert Wilders, the anti-freedom-anti-Muslim-peroxide-using Dutch politico is in the news this week because he is on trial for charges relating to hate incitement and defamation. This comes on the heels of Wilders’ (ironically named) Freedom Party (PVV) being allowed to join a coalition with the Christian Democrats (CDA) and the Liberal Party (VVD).

Deal with Wilders comes under fire in VVD
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A majority, however, voiced support for party leader Mark Rutte, who is expected to become the new prime minister of a coalition cabinet with the Christian Democrats (CDA). With the support of the PVV the two parties will have a one-vote majority in parliament.

What does Wilders get from the coalition deal? A ban on the veil and a crackdown on immigration
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The Netherlands will ban the burqa, anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders said Thursday following the announcement of a pact to form a minority coalition government backed by his party.

Netherlands: Wilders wants to restart coalition talks
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Wilders pulled out of the talks after four weeks on Friday, saying he no longer had confidence in the CDA. But now Ab Klink, the CDA’s biggest critic of the right-wing alliance, has stepped down as an MP, Wilders says he would like to start talking again.

Netherlands: Christian Democrat leaders face internal revolt against alliance with Wilders
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The Dutch centre-right Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) was facing internal backlash Thursday from members concerned about its decision to hold coalition talks that involve Geert Wilders’ Islamophobic party.