As election day rolled on into Wednesday night, political leaders in the Netherlands came out of the woodwork to address their parties and give their reactions to early exit polling. The polls showed drops in support for the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, as well as a surprise slide for anti-Islam PVV, with significant gains for D66, and more modest gains for the SP and the conservative Christian alliance CU/SGP.
Ruling coalition party VVD is expected to lose four of its 16 senate seats, and coalition partner PvdA will likely lose six of its 14 seats, according to exit polling conducted by Ipsos and broadcast on NOS. The two parties hold a thin majority in the Tweede Kamer lower house of parliament, and would now need committed legislative partners to carry 33 seats in the Eerste Kamer upper house.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA) and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA) are the most popular politicians in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders (PVV) is the received the least love and ended up on the bottom of the list as the least popular politician in the Netherlands.
The son of PVV politician Marjolein Faber managed the PVV's parliamentary website on behalf of the next PVV senate leader, RTL reports. Earlier, Faber was discredited for hiring her son to work on PVV Gelderland's website, but party leader Geert Wilders never forced her to resign.
The last debate before the provincial elections between Geert Wilders (PVV) and Alexander Pechtold (D66) devolved into name-calling on EenVandaag last night. "You are the terror-owl of Dutch politics," Wilders called Pechtold, who was ready for the attack. "Yes, and there's the wolf," he replied.
The three Ajax youth team players arrested Thursday for assaulting a female police officer were released from custody, the prosecutor said on Friday. The team has suspended the trio pending an internal investigation.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) is not happy with the fact that some opposition parties are ignoring his call to work with the Cabinet after next week's provincial elections, Trouw reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte called it a “loss for the government,” when opening the parliamentary discussion into the resignation of Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and Secretary Fred Teeven. “We say goodbye to two hardworking, skilled and loyal colleagues,” he said, echoing sentiments he released to the press Tuesday night.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is demanding police protection for his party’s candidates, following a series of vandalism attacks on their homes.
The most recent attack was on Friday at the house of candidate Jake Owen Raats who is running as nr 12 on PVV’s slate in Etten Leur. Someone threw a stone through a window at the 20-year—old student’s home. “I saw three boys speeding away on their bikes,” Raats told Volkskrant newspaper.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte thinks it is better if Dutch jihadists who traveled to join the fight in Syria and Iraq die there instead of returning to the Netherlands. He said this in the RTL election debate last night.
PVV party leader Geert Wilders will not be taking part in RTL's debate tonight due to being sick. He will also not be sending a replacement to debate on behalf of the PVV, RTL reports.
The PVV party's Gelderland leader Marjolein Faber is not resigning despite increasing pressure. Though a strict defender of political integrity, hiring her son's company to work on the party's website flouted Dutch rules meant to combat patronage assignments and pay-to-play politics.
Despite increased pressure on Marjolein Faber at the Eerste Kamer (Senate) elections, The PVV leader is not considering resignation, NRC reports.
Frisian PVV candidate Erna Cohen awoke Saturday morning to find her house, car, garden wall and the street defaced with bold, red and green graffiti accusing her of being anti-Islam, the Telegraaf reported. The house in Paesens was tagged with “PVV fascists,” while the street in front of her home says “Here resides Muslim haters” with an arrow pointing to the home.
The SP and PVV is firmly opposed to the VVD, PvdA and D66's demand that all parliamentary parties disclose their financial activities over the past years. This is according to the Volkskrant, based on four separate anonymous sources.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is pleased with Minister Bert Koenders' (Foreign Affairs) decision to withdraw the visas of three controversial Muslim preachers, who were scheduled to speak at a benefit in Rijswijk on March 8th. He does, however call this whole issue "incredible amateurism" of the Cabinet, the AD reports.
Marjolein Faber became the leader of the PVV in the First Chamber elections. Faber has been in the Senate since 2011 and has been faction chairman since June last year. She is also the faction leader in the Provincial Council of Gelderland and is known as an anti-Islamist.
The PVV departments in Flevoland, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, and Noord-Holland have removed the headscarf ban for civil servants from their election programs. In 2011 they still stated that officials, State members and deputies were not welcome in the Province House if they arrive with a headscarf. Now that point has disappeared.
For the third time in since late December a PVV party official resigned from the party. Jan Kerkhoff, a provincial parliamentarian in North-Brabant, dropped out of the regional section of PVV because of his dissatisfaction with the party line and his dissatisfaction with party leader Anti-Islamist Geert Wilders.
The Belgian police shot two armed jihadists dead and arrested one in a Belgian city of Verviers late Thursday night. The armed men were part of a network which partly consists of returned rebel fighters from the Syrian Civil War. They were planning on attacking police stations and courthouses, according to Belgian police.
Labour party PvdA leader Diederik Samsom accused anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders of being as manipulative as terrorists in parliamentary debate Wednesday night. Samsom said that Wilders “does precisely the same as what the terrorists do: spread hatred, fear and division.”
The parliament is debating with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and several ministers on Wednesday about the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The factions want to hear the Dutch government's views on the event and the readiness level to prevent and deal with such attacks in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is not at “war” with Islamist extremists, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday. He disagrees with PVV leader Geert Wilders assertion that the entire Muslim world has declared war on the west, he said during television show Buitenhof.
The parliamentary influence of Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) has reached its low point since March 2014. Throughout the last year, only nine motions by PVV were accepted, just three percent of the motions submitted by the party, according to a Trouw newspaper analysis of data from parliament.