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Wilders Prosecuted in Netherlands Over Anti-Moroccan Chanting

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Dec 192014
 

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, will be prosecuted over an election rally he led in March that involved anti-Moroccan chants.

The Public Prosecution Service in The Hague decided to prosecute Wilders on suspicion of insulting a group of people based on race and inciting discrimination and hatred, it said in a statement today. More than 6,400 complaints against Wilders were filed.

During a televised rally for municipal elections on March 19 in The Hague, Wilders asked a crowd of supporters: Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city? The crowd responded by chanting Fewer! Fewer! Fewer! after which Wilders said: Ill take care of that. Wilders will also be prosecuted for anti-Moroccan statements made a week earlier.

Wilders, who campaigns on an anti-European Union, anti-Islam platform, has attracted controversy since setting up the Freedom Party a decade ago. He was acquitted in 2011 by an Amsterdam court of charges that he made remarks defaming Muslims. Wilders had called the Koran fascist and compared it to Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf. In his 2008 film Fitna, he called upon Muslims to rip out hate-preaching verses from the Koran.

Politicians are allowed to go a long way in what they say — that goes with freedom of speech — but that freedom is limited by the prohibition of discrimination, the prosecutor said.

Incomprehensible decision Public Prosecutor to prosecute me, Wilders said in a Twitter posting. The elite wants to take the Freedom Party down a peg. They wont succeed. Never.

Wilders was questioned about the allegations on Dec. 8, the prosecutor said. This did not lead to new insights. Geert Wilders submitted a statement and didnt answer questions asked by the criminal investigators, the prosecutor said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Corina Ruhe in Amsterdam at cruhe@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal OBrien at fobrien@bloomberg.net Eddie Buckle, Leon Mangasarian

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Netherlands Would Benefit From Exiting Euro, Freedom Party Report Argues

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Mar 062012
 

By Jurjen van de Pol and Maud van Gaal – Mon Mar 05 17:38:15 GMT 2012

Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said the Netherlands, the euro areas second-largest exporter after Germany, would profit from abandoning the euro and returning to the guilder.

The Netherlands can exit the euro, but you have to be honest, itll cost money, Wilders told reporters in The Hague today, citing the findings of a report by London-based Lombard Street Research commissioned by his party.

Wilders, whose lawmakers support the minority coalition of Liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte on most subjects, said a referendum is needed on whether the Netherlands should stay in the euro area. The ruling Liberals and Christian Democrats rely on the opposition Labor Party to back their European policy as Wilders opposes further financial aid to debt-ridden euro countries.

In the worst case, if the guilder appreciates 10 percent, well suffer a loss of 51 billion euros ($67 billion) in 2012, Wilders said, citing the report. That will be compensated starting in the second year, because its smaller than the 37 billion and 38 billion euros we will save in 2013 and 2014 by not contributing to maintaining the euro zone.

European leaders agreed last week to provide capital faster for their planned permanent bailout fund to strengthen the single-currency blocs defenses against a debt crisis that has necessitated two bailouts for Greece and rescues for Portugal and Ireland. They also signed a deficit-control treaty, putting tighter limits on spending.

The importance of the euro zone cant be underestimated and one shouldnt make the calculations in the first five or 10 years, European Union President Herman Van Rompuy said in an interview with Dutch television program Buitenhof yesterday, before the report was published. I havent seen this study, but I assume that you can always find a research institute to prove what you want to be proven.

Wilderss presentation coincided with the start of negotiations between the Freedom Party and Ruttes government on further budget cuts needed to bring the Netherlands deficit in line with the European Unions current limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product.

Next years shortfall will be 4.5 percent of gross domestic product, government planning agency CPB said last week. The 2013 forecast equates to a 9 billion-euro overshoot of the EU limit, it said. The Dutch economy went into its second recession in three years in the second half of 2011 as budget cuts and Europes sovereign debt crisis curbed consumer demand.

Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager said today that Lombard Streets findings were just one of many reports on the euro, according to broadcaster NOS.

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