Resistance to Wilders coalition grows

23 08 2010

By Isabel Conway, via the Irish Times:

A WEEK after formal negotiations opened between right-wing Dutch parties on forming a minority coalition government, and more than two months since the country’s elections, resistance is steadily growing among prominent backroom Christian democrats against the involvement of Geert Wilders and his anti-Islam party.

Up to 400 of the Christian Democratic Party faithful, with more expected to follow, have signed a petition calling on the Christian Democratic Appeal party to stop negotiating with Wilders’ PVV and the majority VVD (right-wing liberals), who are driving the talks for a minority government supported in parliament by Mr Wilders. Prominent signatories are reported to include mayors, former MPs and local politicians.

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Meanwhile, via Gates of Vienna: Indonesia Looks Askance at Geert Wilders.


More Christian Democrats trust Wilders

22 08 2010


Confidence in anti-Islam PVV party leader Geert Wilders among Christian Democrat party members is growing, according to the weekly poll by Maurice de Hond widely published on Sunday.

His rating among this group rose from 3.1 in June to 5.2. With Liberal VVD supporters, it increased from 4.6 to 5.6.

Among all respondents though Wilders scores the lowest of the party leaders with 3.8. Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte rates highest at 5.3. Labour leader Job Cohen saw his score fall from 5.5 in June to 4.5, just ahead of Christian Democrat leader Maxime Verhagen on 4.3.

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There is still opposition from within the Christian Democratic Party, however. Via Radio Netherlands Worldwide: Christian Democrat MP upsets Dutch coalition talks:

Coalition talks in the Netherlands are facing a new hurdle. The three centre-right parties working towards a government coalition are relying on the support of a minimal majority of 76 seats in the 150-member parliament. A report in Friday’s Trouw daily suggests, however, that at least one member of the Christian Democrat CDA party has objected to the proposed coalition agreement. This would deprive the prospective cabinet of its majority in the Lower House.

The MP’s objections centre on the participation of Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party in the coalition agreement. The Freedom Party has agreed to give support to a minority cabinet of CDA and the free-market liberal VVD party, but the MP, who wishes to remain anonymous, refuses to unconditionally agree to such a set-up.

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Geert Wilders Will Keep Speaking His Mind

22 08 2010

The end of the Wilders Round-up

21 08 2010

Dear reader,

Well, it’s had a nice run, but I think it’s time that I retired the Wilders Round-up segment of this blog.

Defend Geert Wilders will still be going strong – I said that I would see this through until Geert Wilders’ trial came to a close and I meant it. But, quite frankly, it takes a fair amount of time and energy to keep on top of the pile of links and such that goes into a round-up. And that’s time and energy that I need for other projects, alas.

I’ll still be updating Defend Geert Wilders with the latest news – as best I can, anyhow. And there might be the occasional round-up of coverage surrounding particular events – like Geert’s time in court coming up in October.

But the Wilders Round-up, as of now, is officially retired. I hope it won’t be missed too dearly…

Wilders: I’ll decide whether I visit Ground Zero

21 08 2010

Via Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders’ plan to make a speech at Ground Zero has sparked a minor political row. On 11 September a protest meeting will be held at the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York against the construction of an Islamic centre nearby.

Geert Wilders has become a celebrated guest in some US circles. For instance with media and politicians who share his opposition to Islam. 
“We cannot escape from totalitarian ideologies that want to destroy us. Well, the totalitarian ideology that wants to destroy our freedom today unfortunately is the Islam, and we should stand up and fight it.”
In political circles in The Hague, there is widespread irritation about his plan to make a speech at Ground Zero in New York, where 3,000 people were killed when Muslim extremists flew hijacked planes into the two towers of the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.

The Dutch politician will address demonstrators protesting against the construction of an Islamic centre only a few blocks from the 9/11 site. Mr Wilders has been invited by the organisation Stop Islamization of America, which is supported by a number of conservative US politicians including Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

The Wilders Round-Up, August 20th 2010

17 08 2010

Alright, here goes.

Today’s Zaman – [Finding a Middle Way] Is an Islamic center necessary at Ground Zero by  Mehmet Kalyoncu* – Press Review Tuesday 10 August 2010

Atlas Shrugs – 911 Ground Zero Mosque Rally: Bolton, Gingrich, Wilders, Thomas, Berntsen, Breitbart

SOIA Online – 911 Ground Zero Mosque Rally: Bolton, Gingrich, Wilders, Thomas, Berntsen, Breitbart

The Reid Report – Allen West goes birther, calls out ‘girly men’, ‘suck butt fool’ **UPDATED with Video**

American Chronicle – Geert Wilders: Some thing stupid!

At the back of the hill – GROUND ZERO MOSQUE – Benny Belief Religious People Not Easily Provoked – De Hoop Scheffer advises Wilders not to speak

Right Side News – Defying Islamic Supremacism – We Are All Geert Wilders Now

Digital Journal – Dutch anti-Islam politician Wilders speaks at 9/11 NYC rally

Godlike Productions – Dutch diplomats receive instructions on Zionist puppet Geert Wilders

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Dutch Press review – Friday 13 August 2010

Tablet Mag – Dutch Treat


Islamic Dress Controversy in Europe – Islamic Dress Controversy in Europe – Islamophobia is on the Rise, Exhibit B: Bryan Fischer

Facts not Fairies – JDL: Geert Wilders is new king of Khazars

EU-Digest – The Netherlands: Christian Democrats lobby against Wilders’ role in Dutch coalition

Fleishmann-Hillard Global Vote – Nation Branding: a one man show? – Dutch minority government set to form with far-right backing


Presseurop – For the free movement of gods

Articulos Webmasters – Geert Wilders Invades G.O.P America: Newt Gingrich Leading Shameless European-Style Islam-Bashing Crusade Posted By : Michelle Goldberg – Geert Wilders Warning to America – 1 – and Geert Wilders Warning to America – II

Icarus Film Review – Geert Wilders Fitna Movie Film – Reel Bad Arabs_ How Hollywood Vilifies a People (part 1)

Current Blips – Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) have endorsed an open letter by a coalition of Muslim, Sikh, Asian-American, and other civil liberties groups

English Defence League Forums – Geert Wilders goes USA – 11th September

Intifada – Israel Shamir: Fear Not

The Daily Beast – Geert Wilders Invades America

ToonTube – Hitchens Vs Tharoor – Freedoms of Speech – Part 2/9 – ICNA

Islam in Europe – Netherlands: Christian Democrats oppose deal with anti-Islam party – Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) have endorsed an open letter by a …

De Hoop Scheffer advises Wilders not to speak

15 08 2010


Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former Nato general secretary, has advised Geert Wilders not to make a speech during the anti-mosque demonstration on September 11 in New York.

In an interview with NRC, he says people abroad do not know who is in the cabinet and who is in parliament. ‘When a Dutch politician appears at an event like this, then you have to assume they don’t see the difference between a coalition party and a party that is giving support,’ he told the paper.

De Hoop Scheffer, a Christian Democrat and former foreign minister, says he is personally against the building of a mosque close to Ground Zero. But he thinks it inadvisable for Wilders to speak as he will be seen as representing the Netherlands.

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