An 18 year old Syrian man was arrested in The Hague on Monday on suspicion of participation in a terrorist organization, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. The man arrived in the Netherlands in October and applied for asylum. He was living in an asylum shelter in Zaandam.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is imagining life as Prime Minister after Maurice de Hond's latest poll showed that his party is at 39 virtual seats, 9 seats more than the coalition of VVD and PvdA has combined.
PVV leader Geert Wilders demanded a fair trial in the court in The Hague on Wednesday. He is standing trial for his "fewer Moroccans" statements made in a cafe in The Hague last year.
Groningen musician Obed Brinkman's new protest song "Fuck the PVV" resulted in hundreds of insults from the nationalist party's supporters. Some PVV supporters even spread his telephone number about, so that he can be insulted in person.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte once again called the fight against ISIS a war during the parliamentary debate on the Paris terrorist attacks. But he stressed that citizens of the Netherlands should not let fear rule their lives and should keep making plans and go out on weekends.
France will soon announce what military support the country will need given the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert thinks that the Netherlands could give that aid. "All options are open", the Minister said on Tuesday, adding that the fight against ISIS "concerns us all". "It's about values; our way of life"
A majority in parliament is demanding improvement in the screenings of asylum seekers. According to them, there is currently no clarity on who is entering the country.
PVV leader Geert Wilders wants the Netherlands to introduce more and binding referendums in which citizens can have their say in policy. According to him, this is necessary because "time and again" the "political elite does exactly the opposite of what people want".
Parliamentarian Selcuk Ozturk thinks that PVV Geerd Wilders is becoming more and more like Adolf Hitler. Ozturk is annoyed about Wilders' tweet that Turkish-Dutch who voted for the AK party in the Turkish elections should leave the country.
The majority of the Dutch voters are happy with the public letter in which the party leaders called on the population to keep a cool head during the asylum debate. An even larger majority thinks that the party leaders themselves are responsible for the escalation, with PVV leader Geert Wilders being named most often.
PVV leader Geert Wilders expects that he will not be facing a fair trial when he appears in court for his "fewer Moroccans" statements sometime next year.
PVV leader Geert Wilders would want "nothing more" than to become Prime Minister if his party becomes the largest. And if elections were held now, that may well be the case. The latest poll by Maurice de Hond shows that the PVV currently stands at 37 virtual seats - more than the coalition has combined.
Almost all party leaders in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, released a joint statement against the violent escalation seen during refugee discussions in the Netherlands over the past weeks. They call on their voters to show more mutual understanding and tolerance and not to confuse threats and insults with debate.
Concerns of violence around a debate on the housing of asylum seekers in Steenbergen, Noord-Brabant prompted local mayor Joseph Vos to order strict security measures to prevent rioting. Police will search anyone entering the area surrounding the community center meeting location for any item that may be used as a weapon, as well as balaclavas, masks and alcohol.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is taking his anti-Islam campaign to Australia. On Tuesday he will be the keynote speaker at the launch of a new political party, the Australian Liberty Alliance.
The Dutch population currently has more confidence in PVV leader Geert Wilders than in Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In Maurice de Hond's weekly poll, the respondents gave Wilders a confidence score of 4.2. The Prime Minister only scored a 3.9.
The parliamentary debate on asylum seekers in the Netherlands once again fell into chaos Wednesday afternoon. Party leaders flung insults back and forth, with PVV leader Geert Wilders simultaneously on the attack and receiving end of most remarks. It devolved to the point where Tweede Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg had to tell her colleagues not to curse each other out.
Australian Muslim leaders have asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to withdraw PVV leader Geert Wilders' visa for his visit to Perth later this month. Wilders plans to visit Perth on October 20th to launch a new political party - the Australian Liberty Alliance - which advocates against the "Islamisation" of Australia.
A suspicious package found at an asylum reception center on Friday turned out to be a false alarm. Graffiti with anti-refugee messages has shown up on other asylum facilities around the Netherlands.
Former asylum seeker Kiza Magendane is fed up with the anti-Islam PVV party's attacks on refugees and has launched his own registry for complaints about the PVV and its vociferous leader, Geert Wilders. The hotline was launched in response to a similar service announced by Wilders Wednesday for the public to complain about “nuisance” caused by asylum seekers.
Anti-Islam PVV party leader Geert Wilders said his party is setting up a website and email address specifically to collect complaints from local residents regarding allegations of "nuisance" caused by asylum seekers, reported the party’s website. The party claims this is due to increased violence in and amongst refugee centers across the Netherlands.
Protestors in favor of refugee rights were met with angry vitriol from supporters of the anti-Islam, anti-refugee politician Geert Wilders on Saturday. The PVV party leader was in Almere handing out flyers against an expansion of a refugee center in the Flevoland city.
If a general election were held this week in the Netherlands, anti-Islam and anti-refugee party PVV would sit atop all others with 30 seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. That would mark a doubling of their current contingency, at the expense of the ruling right-left coalition of the VVD and PvdA (Labour) parties, Dutch pollster Maurice de Hond revealed this week.
A group of around 20 underage Syrian girls are on their way to the main refugee reception facility in Ter Apel to join with the husbands of their arranged marriages, according to broadcaster RTV Noord. At the Tweede Kamer, the Lower House of Dutch Parliament, members of parliament are not happy about the report, which said two of the girls are aged 13 or 14, and a 15 year old in the group wants to join her 38-year-old husband.