FvD leader Thierry Baudet is facing criticism from other party leaders over a video he posted on Twitter. The video features women telling how they were sexually assaulted or raped by migrants and blaming politicians who "refuse to protect our borders", showing photos of GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver, VVD leader Mark Rutte and D66 leader Rob Jetten at the end.
VVD leader Mark Rutte and Forum voor Democratie leader Thierry Baudet will face off against each other in a debate on television program Pauw on NPO on Wednesday evening. No one else is invited to participate in the debate. Other parties, particularly left-wing GroenLinks and PvdA, are annoyed that only the right and far-right will be represented in this debate on the eve of the European Parliament elections, which are being held in the Netherlands on Thursday.
Approximately 13.5 million residents of the Netherlands are eligible to vote in the European Parliament elections next week. 3.6 percent of this group do not have Dutch nationality, but are EU citizens, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday based on population figures from 1 January 2019.
In the run-up to the European Parliament elections next week, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is talking about his vision for Europe. According to the VVD leader, his ideas about that have shifted. "Europe is market and currency, but a point has been added", he said to Nieuwsuur on Wednesday night. That point is safety. Without the European Union, the Netherlands is just a small country on its own in a big and increasingly volatile world.
Forum voor Democratie leader Thierry Baudet is taking an "irresponsible risk with our security, our stability, and our prosperity" with his positive attitude towards the Netherlands leaving the European Union, VVD leader and Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a speech about Europe on Tuesday, NOS reports.
With the European Parliament elections only two weeks away, political parties across Europe are campaigning for what they think the European Union should be. Here follows a summary of the largest Dutch parties' views on the EU, compiled by broadcaster NOS.
The European Union leaders decided to grant the United Kingdom another delay for their departure from the EU. The British now have until the end of October to approve a withdrawal agreement. Prime Minister Mark Rutte was satisfied after the hours long EU summit on Wednesday. "It was important that the union continue to function and we achieved that with this decision", he said to NOS.
The Dutch government is launching an online campaign against fake news in February, in the run up to the Provincial State and European Parliament elections next year. The campaign must make Dutch voters more aware of the possible presence of disinformation and help people recognize it, Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs said in a letter to parliament, NOS reports.
The campaign will be spread on social media and last for around four months, through the Provincial States election on March 20th and up to the European Parliament elections on May 23rd.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders finds the latest anti-Semitic statements of French Front National party-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, "disgusting," he told newswire ANP. Wilders still gave Le Pen some benefit of the doubt, when he said, “If the statements were truly made, and meant [in that way], they are without a doubt disgusting which I have already mentioned to Front National.” He did not want to give further explanation according to the ANP.
Anti-European parties have won big across Europe in the Parliamentary elections over the weekend. In almost all European Union member states, extreme right wing parties, populists and eurosceptics have won seats. Only the Dutch PVV remains behind.
An unknown number of people did not receive their voting passes for the European elections in the municipality of Woensdrecht, Omroep Brabant reports.
According to the latest polls, Geert Wilders and his PVV party are going to lose big in the European elections. Geenstijl and Ipsos peg D66 for the win.
The current results from polls of the European Parliamentary elections of Thursday pin the D66 as the big winner in the Netherlands, while previously expected winner PVV is dropping in perceived popularity.
In the European front runners debate on the television program EenVandaag, the D66 and PVV disagreed on the topic of whether Europe should also become a political union. PVV-front runner Marcel de Graaff debated D66's Sophie in 't Veld.
Former head of Rabobank, and architect of the Balkenender IV Cabinet Herman Wijffels, is disassociating himself from CDA's party line, and voting instead for the D66 at the European elections. He tells the BNR that he can no longer find himself in the CDA.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has criticized the PVV for working together with "creeps" in Europe, such as the French Front National, for money.
The municipality of Sittard-Geleen sent its residents a letter with pro-EU rhetoric along with the voting cards they need to cast their ballots in the upcoming European Parliament elections, causing an outcry amongst anti-Europe politicians including Geert Wilders.