Latest Geert Wilders News

The Netherlands is having trouble forming a new far-right government. Here's why

Feb. 07, 2024 08:43 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Talks to form a far right-led government in the Netherlands have come to a premature end, for now, leaving the Netherlands in limbo amid a stalled move to build a political coalition around anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. Wilders' Party for...

Dutch coalition talks falter as 1 out of the 4 leaders in talks to form a new government walks out

Feb. 06, 2024 15:51 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Weeks of negotiations to form a new ruling majority coalition in the Netherlands led by anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders appeared to end fruitlessly Tuesday as one of the four party leaders involved in the talks walked out without an agreement. ...

Immigration issue challenges delicate talks to form new Dutch government

Jan. 17, 2024 08:29 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delicate talks to create a new Dutch government around anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders suffered a setback Wednesday when a lingering immigration issue divided the parties involved in brokering a coalition. “We have a problem,” Wilders told...

A quiet Dutch village holds clues as European politics veer to the right

Jan. 15, 2024 00:11 AM EST

SINT WILLEBRORD, The Netherlands (AP) — “Everyone is welcome,” reads the sign at the church door in this quiet Dutch village, where neighbors greet each other from tidy porches overlooking manicured lawns. But that declaration of tolerance seems oddly out of place. ...

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has withdrawn a 2018 proposal to ban mosques and the Quran

Jan. 08, 2024 10:57 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Far-right Dutch election winner Geert Wilders made a key concession to potential coalition partners on Monday, announcing that he's withdrawing legislation that he proposed in 2018 that calls for a ban on mosques and the Quran. The move came a day...

Far-right Dutch election winner Wilders wants to be prime minister, promises to respect constitution

Dec. 13, 2023 06:41 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders, whose party swept to a shock victory in last month's Dutch general election, said Wednesday he wants to be prime minister for “all Netherlanders,” and pledged that he will ensure his policies adhere to the country's constitution....

Dutch official says Geert Wilders and 3 other party leaders should discuss forming a new coalition

Dec. 11, 2023 12:19 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The far-right party led by Dutch election winner Geert Wilders should open negotiations with three other parties on forming a new government, the official appointed to investigate possible coalitions said Monday. Ronald Plasterk, who acted as the...

A new Dutch parliament has been sworn in after Wilders' victory in the national election 2 weeks ago

Dec. 06, 2023 08:22 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A new lower house of the Dutch parliament was sworn in Wednesday, two weeks after the far-right party of lawmaker Geert Wilders won a general election in a seismic shift that reverberated through Europe. While the newly configured Second Chamber is now...

Dutch plans to tackle climate change are in doubt after the election victory of a far-right party

Dec. 06, 2023 07:14 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The outgoing Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, told delegates at the COP28 United Nations climate conference his country is “committed to accelerating our efforts” to tackle climate change. Whether that happens in this nation — large parts of which are under...

Preliminary Dutch government talks delayed as official seeking coalitions says he needs more time

Dec. 01, 2023 11:10 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The official appointed to investigate possible coalitions after the Dutch election won by Geert Wilders ' far-right Party for Freedom said Friday he needs more time because of reluctance by potential partners to join Wilders in a government. Ronald...