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.
The European Parliament elections start today, with the Netherlands joining Great Britain as the first member states to vote. The two candidates drawing the most attention are Europhobes Geert Wilders of the PVV and Nigel Farage of UKIP.
Minister Henk Kamp (Economic Affairs) has announced that businesses are already nervous about the possible sanctions that Saudi Arabia is allegedly going to impose on the Netherlands, Het Parool reports.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders' now notorious anti-Moroccan speech, recorded on election evening in The Hague on the 19th of March, in which Wilders incites his crowd of followers to chant "fewer, fewer, fewer" when asked if they want more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, has caused Twitter to explode with a deluge of negative tweets about the population group.
German police agents at controls seem to be sending buses full of asylum seekers, who first traveled through the Netherlands, back to the border. Achim Halkour of the Bundespolizei in Sankt Augustin, who coordinates the border control on the Dutch-German border, says "Then we ask directly in your country to take over these people", Elsevier reports.
Elle van Rijn, a Dutch actress from Uden, is being threatened for her appearance on the talk show WNL op Zondag, in which she asked PVV-leader Geert Wilders critical questions.
The D66 and PVV parties are the biggest frontrunners in the polls for the European elections this Thursday. The D66 is pro-Europe while the PVV is anti-Europe.
Geert Wilders has incurred the wrath of Saudi Arabia. Last December the PVV-leader spread green anti-islam stickers that look like the Saudi Arabian flag. In place of the islamic creed, the text reads: 'Islam is a lie. Mohammed is a crook. The Qur'an is poison.' One of these stickers was sent to the Saudi embassy in The Hague with a letter.
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.
A proposal by the PVV to hold a vote of confidence on Security and Justice Secretary Fred Teeven was slapped down by Members of Parliament in the Tweede Kamer.
The PvdA launched a website on Sunday, which is criticizes PVV-leader Geert Wilders. The site is called Wilders' Friends, or, devriendenvanwilders.eu, comes during the preliminaries of the European Parliamentary elections, and lists Wilders' standpoints, framed by the comments of what the PvdA terms as his 'friends' in the elections.
Geert Wilders responded to criticism of his cooperation with extreme right-wing nationalist parties across Europe by saying he sees no reason why he and his political party, PVV, should not work these groups. The Dutch politician has been working with France’s Front National and Austria’s FPÖ to try and create an anti-European Union opposition within the European Parliament.
Bart Brands announced that he will depart as Member of State for the PVV in South-Holland on Tuesday. For Brands, the anti-Moroccan speeches made by party leader Geert Wilders during election evening are not the sole catalyst for his departure.
Geert Wilders claims that it is "regular" practice, and "a formality" to fine co-workers of the PVV €25,000 for outing any information about the party.
The Cabinet has been approved the health care reform plan that will see a lot more care tasks be transfered over to the municipalities instead of the government per 1 January 2015.
Stephan Jansen, State Member for the PVV in South-Holland is leaving the party.
Half of all Dutch people agree with Geert Wilders' opinion that there should be fewer Moroccans in the country.
Governing parties VVD and PvdA each gained a seat in this week's poll by Maurice de Hond.
Joram van Klaveren, an ex-MP for the PVV who left at the end of March, did so due to the social pressure that arose after party-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Moroccan speech became too much for him, the Volkskrant reports.
The association of Dutch Moroccans (SMN) is worried about current trends of violence against muslim men and women in the country.
A state member from the Provincial States has not shown up for six months, but is still receiving a salary. Now, the King's Commisssioner in North Holland, Johan Remkes, says she should leave.
In The Hague, the prospective council formation is still blurry, according to Han Polman, who has been talking with the various parties. There is no preferred coalition, and the building of the culture palace Spuiforum is a black cloud hanging above the formation of a new coalition.
Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (PvdA) has said that the Geert Wilders-led PVV party is in a state of panic.