Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said future cooperation with Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party at the national level is impossible as long Wilders stands behind comments at an election rally that involved anti-Moroccan chants.
The Dutch vote in local elections today with opinion polls suggesting widespread losses for Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s coalition and a change of power in Amsterdam for the first time since World War II.
The Amsterdam district court rejected a request by Freedom Party Leader Geert Wilders , who is on trial for inciting hatred and insulting Muslims, to replace the judges hearing his case because they may be prejudiced.
Liberals and Christian Democrats in the Netherlands vowed to cut spending by 18 billion euros ($25 billion) by 2015 and ban full-face Islamic veils in their program for the first minority government since World War II.
Marine Le Pen, on the threshold of leading her anti-immigrant, anti-European Union National Front party to its biggest triumph ever, says she may be just one electoral cycle from becoming president of France.
Three-time Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers , who brokered talks on forming a government between his Christian Democrats, the Liberal Party, and the anti-Islam Freedom Party, said he now opposed the plan, citing concerns about freedom of religion.
Dutch Freedom Party Leader Geert Wilders was acquitted by a court of charges that he made remarks defaming Muslims, ending a three-year prosecution that he described as a bid to restrict his freedom of speech.