Dutch prosecutors seek 25-year sentence for stabbing suspect
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors have demanded a 25-year sentence for an Afghan asylum-seeker accused of stabbing two American tourists in the back at Amsterdam's main railway...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch junior justice minister has quit after his department came under fire for appearing to minimize statistics about criminality among asylum seekers.
Europe’s far-right leaders campaign in Prague for EU vote
PRAGUE (AP) — Europe's far-right political leaders campaigned Thursday in Prague, calling migration and Islam major threats to Europe as they sought to rally support ahead of the European...
New populist star emerges from Dutch local elections
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands woke up Thursday to a new star of right-wing populism, as the party of a Latin-quoting, philosophy-reading lawmaker surged past anti-Islam firebrand...
Dutch prosecutors consider terror motive in tram shooting
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch investigators probing the deadly tram shooting in the city of Utrecht sharpened their focus Tuesday on a possible extremist motive, as judicial authorities...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man carrying two knives and an ax was detained over the weekend shortly before anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders was due to hand out political flyers before...
Former member of Dutch anti-Islam party becomes a Muslim
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former Dutch lawmaker who had been fiercely critical of Islam has become a Muslim.
Joram van Klaveren was a lawmaker in the Party of Freedom, led by Dutch anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders, from 2010 to 2014. He made headlines and raised eyebrows in the Netherlands this week after announcing his religious conversion in interviews connected to a book he has written titled "Afvallige," the Dutch word for Apostate.
Amsterdam stabbing suspect ordered held for further 90 days
AMSTERDAM (AP) — An Afghan asylum seeker accused of stabbing two American tourists at the Dutch capital's main railway station has been ordered detained for a further 90 days as investigations continue into what prosecutors say was an extremist attack.
Amsterdam District Court approved the extension of the 19-year-old man's detention on Thursday.
Pakistan rally ends after Dutch cartoon contest is canceled
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Pakistan's hard-line Islamists dispersed peacefully after ending their protest march near Islamabad on Friday following the cancellation of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest sponsored by an anti-Muslim Dutch lawmaker.
The development came hours after far-right politician Geert Wilders said Thursday he had canceled the cartoon contest following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk.
Pakistanis to rally in capital against Dutch cartoon contest
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of hard-line Islamists angered over a far-right Dutch lawmaker's plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest marched toward Pakistan's capital Thursday after police briefly stopped them because of security reasons.
Later on Thursday, the Dutch lawmaker, Geert Wilders, said he was canceling the contest, saying the anger it generated could put more people than just him at risk.
Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker cancels Prophet cartoon contest
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker canceled a planned Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest Thursday following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk.
"To avoid the risk of victims of Islamic violence, I have decided not to let the cartoon contest go ahead," far-right opposition politician Geert Wilders said in a written statement.
The Latest: Dutch lawmaker cancels Muhammad cartoon contest
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a cartoon contest in the Netherlands that has offended Muslims (all times local):
Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders says he has canceled a planned Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk.
In a written statement issued Thursday night, Wilders said "to avoid the risk of victims of Islamic violence, I have decided not to let the cartoon contest go ahead."
Pakistan Islamists rally against anti-Islam cartoon contest
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of Islamists in Pakistan launched a march toward the capital on Wednesday to protest a far-right Dutch lawmaker's plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest later this year.
Pakistan's newly elected government has denounced the contest, calling it an attempt to defame Islam. Physical depictions of God or the prophet, even positive ones, are forbidden in Islam and considered deeply offensive.
Dutch police detain man suspected of threat to Geert Wilders
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police say they have detained a 26-year-old man suspected of threatening an attack on the Dutch Parliament or on the organizer of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition scheduled to be held in November.
Police didn't name the targeted organizer by name Tuesday, but the cartoon contest is organized by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders and will be staged in his party's tightly-guarded office in the Parliament complex.
Pakistan condemns planned anti-Islam cartoon contest
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's senate has passed a resolution condemning an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned by a far-right Dutch lawmaker, in one of the first actions taken by the assembly since last month's elections.
In his first address to the senate since being sworn in, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to take the matter to the United Nations, saying that few in the West understand the pain caused to Muslims by such activities.
Dutch premier distances govt from anti-Islam cartoon contest
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister on Friday distanced his government from a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being organized later this year by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders.
Wilders "is not a member of the government. The competition is not a government initiative," Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at his weekly press conference.
Dutch parliament approves limited ban on burqa, niqab
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands has approved a limited ban on "face-covering clothing" in public places, including Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and niqab but not the hijab, which covers only the hair. Firebrand far-right politician Geert Wilders had pushed for the ban for over a decade.
Parliament's upper chamber made the final approval in a vote Tuesday.
LONDON (AP) — A far-right lawmaker from the Netherlands joined thousands of people in central London Saturday to demand freedom for a British commentator who was jailed for contempt of court after he broadcast outside a criminal trial for the second time.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders will get new judges in his appeal against his 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination and insulting Moroccans, after an independent panel ruled that the original judges may have been biased.
Judges reviewing Wilders' request to replace the original appeals panel said Friday his fear that the panel was biased "can be objectively justified."
In a tweet, Wilders called the ruling "tremendous."
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has begun an appeal against his 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination and insulting Moroccans by calling for the Hague Appeals Court judges in his case to be replaced, arguing they were not impartial.
Wilders said Thursday, "I am here ... against my will and the least I expected was that you would give me a fair hearing."
France’s Le Pen gathers with Europe’s populists for May Day
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen joined other anti-immigration populist leaders from around Europe for a May Day gathering Tuesday aimed at energizing their campaigns for next year's European Parliament elections.
Mixed picture for populist Wilders in Dutch local elections
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The right-wing populist party of anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders has gained footholds for the first time in dozens of municipalities across the Netherlands, but has struggled in some key cities, according to results broadcast Thursday.
Local elections held Wednesday in 335 Dutch municipalities are a barometer of support for national parties but are complicated by the popularity of small parties focused on local issues.
Austrian nationalists staying in Le Pen EU parliament group
BERLIN (AP) — A top official with Austria's nationalist Freedom Party says it's staying in a European Parliament group that also includes the parties of prominent euroskeptics Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders despite entering its country's new government.
The traditionally euroskeptic Freedom Party last month became the junior partner in a center-right coalition under conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who stresses the importance of a pro-European stance.
Belgian mayor forces Dutch far-right leader to cancel trip
BRUSSELS (AP) — Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders has cancelled his trip through a Muslim-majority neighborhood of Brussels after a Belgian mayor banned him from entering.
Wilders and Belgian anti-immigrant politician Filip Dewinter had planned to tour the Molenbeek neighborhood just after Friday Muslim prayers.
Belgian mayor bans far-right rally in flashpoint quarter
BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian mayor on Thursday banned Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders and Belgian anti-immigrant politician Filip Dewinter from holding a rally in Molenbeek, a Muslim-majority Brussels neighborhood that has been linked to extremism.
Mayor Francoise Schepmans said the two men had described their planned visit on Friday to Molenbeek as an "Islam Safari" in the "Jihadi capital of Europe."
Former Wilders spokesman convicted of embezzling party funds
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former spokesman for Geert Wilders has been convicted of buying cocaine, alcohol and clothes and funding personal travel with money embezzled from the Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker's party.
A court in the southern city of Maastricht said Tuesday that a former provincial lawmaker with Wilders' Party for Freedom used credit and debit cards to spend some 177,000 euros ($208,000) of the party's funds and attempting to fraudulently cover up his personal spending spree.
Analysis: Despite Le Pen’s loss, European populism lives on
PARIS (AP) — It's a triple-whammy. The last six months have seen three European elections and three defeats for far-right populists. The tempting conclusion is that populism's destructive ability to dismantle old worlds without having credible blueprints for building new ones has been contained for now — at least in western Europe.
Wilders: Dutch coalition talks ignore his 1.3 million voters
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Wednesday that political parties discussing the makeup of the next Dutch ruling coalition are shutting him out and sidelining 1.3 million people who voted for his party in last week's parliamentary elections.
"I regret it seriously," Wilders said. "It should not happen and I think that many people will not understand it."
“We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, supporting anti-Muslim Dutch Parlimentarian Geert Wilders
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King’s comments show shortcomings in education
U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa once again made news for endorsing white supremacist sentiments by Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
(He said, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”)
His most recent comments are only slightly alarming, considering his record of racist commentary. For instance, in June, he stated that whites have contributed more to society than any other “subgroup” of people.
AP Interview: Austrian minister says less is more for EU
VIENNA (AP) — Much of Europe is cheering this week's Dutch election as a defeat for anti-EU forces. Yet populist demands to weaken Brussels' clout are being embraced by some mainstream leaders, including one who may play a temporary role in shaping the bloc's future.
A Republican congressman says America can’t restore “our civilization with somebody else’s babies” and warned of a liberal effort to destroy Western civilization through immigration.
On Twitter Sunday, U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa paid tribute to a Dutch politician who opposes immigration and has spoken against Islam.
A Republican congressman says America can't restore "our civilization with somebody else's babies" and warned of a liberal effort to destroy Western civilization through immigration.
On Twitter Sunday, Rep. Steve King of Iowa paid tribute to a Dutch politician who opposes immigration and has spoken against Islam.
After Dutch reject populism, will other Europeans follow?
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch voters showed Europe that populism isn't always inevitable.
The disappointing showing by firebrand Geert Wilders in the Netherlands election has energized traditional parties across Europe from left and right. But it's unlikely to extinguish the anti-immigrant, anti-establishment sentiment that has been blazing around Europe.
France’s Macron backs European unity in Berlin, meets Merkel
BERLIN (AP) — French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron pledged strong commitment to European unity and said that France needs to restore its economic credibility as he presented his plans to German leaders on Thursday.
Macron, an independent centrist, met conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin a day after the Netherlands' prime minister handily defeated anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders in the Dutch election.
Did Erdogan, Trump hurt Geert Wilders’ bid for Dutch power?
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — If far-right Geert Wilders is looking for somebody to blame for his disappointing showing in the Dutch election, he could point to a couple of possible candidates: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump.
That's the assessment of Matthijs Rooduijn, an assistant professor at Utrecht University who researches the rise of populist radical parties, and other Dutch political experts.
Centrist European leaders celebrate Dutch election result
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Centrist European leaders congratulated Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Thursday on an election victory seen as a repudiation of far-right populism in Europe as he looked ahead to what is likely to be a long process of talks to form a government.
Rutte's right-wing VVD easily won national elections, defying polls that suggested a close race with anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders.
10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
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2. DUTCH LEADER HOLDS OFF ANTI-ISLAM CHALLENGER IN ELECTIONS
Dutch PM Rutte claims win over ‘wrong kind of populism’
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday claimed a dominating parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who failed the year's first litmus test for populism in Europe.
Provisional results with over half the votes counted suggested Rutte's party won 32 seats in the 150-member legislature, 13 more than Wilders' party, which took only third place with 19 seats. The surging CDA Christian Democrats claimed 20.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the Dutch parliamentary election (all times local):
French President Francois Hollande is congratulating Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for his election success and his "clear victory against extremism."
White supremacism was never banished from American political thought, just shoved to the fringe and hushed to a whisper. Now, in the Age of Trump, it’s back in the mainstream and ready to roar.
Dutch vote is step 1 as Europe elections test populism
PARIS (AP) — As the Netherlands elects new leadership Wednesday, its European neighbors are watching with unusual interest — because the struggle between nationalist, anti-immigrant politicians and pro-EU forces is playing out across the continent in elections later this year.
What’s at stake in the Dutch elections?
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Residents of the Netherlands vote Wednesday in elections for the 150-seat lower house of parliament. A look at the key players and issues:
Raw: Netherlands Votes for Parliament
Rutte vs. Wilders puts Dutch elections in a stark light
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Amid unprecedented international attention, the Dutch go to the polls Wednesday in a parliamentary election that is seen as a bellwether for the future of populism in a year of crucial votes in Europe.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The latest on the final day of campaigning for the Dutch elections (all times local):
Dutch populist Geert Wilders ended his party's election campaign with another stream of invective against Islam and its Prophet Muhammad.
Already known for his anti-Islam rhetoric, Wilders showed no restraint on the eve of the Dutch elections.
He accused Muhammad of being a warlord and worse as he debated Islam with the leader of the Christian Union party.
Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker fans flames from security bubble
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — With his flamboyant shock of blonde-dyed hair and fiery anti-Islam rhetoric, Dutch politician Geert Wilders comes across a man who doesn't mind the limelight.
Yet for the past dozen years, the right-wing populist has spent much of his time holed up in anonymous safe houses or in a heavily guarded wing of Parliament.
Iowa congressman criticized for racially charged comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and some Republicans on Monday criticized a veteran GOP congressman for saying America can't restore "our civilization with somebody else's babies" and warning of a liberal effort to destroy Western civilization through immigration.
On Twitter Sunday, Rep. Steve King of Iowa paid tribute to a Dutch politician who opposes immigration and has spoken against Islam. It came as the Dutch prepared for an election for prime minister.
Dutch election rivals clash in televised debate
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his main rival at national elections, the far-fight populist Geert Wilders clashed Monday in their only nationally televised face-to-face debate ahead of Wednesday's vote, with Wilders calling Rutte untrustworthy and Rutte responding by saying a Wilders government would plunge the Netherlands into chaos.
Dutch premier wants to turn tide of populism in election
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister said Monday that he wants the Netherlands to turn the tide of populism in this week's parliamentary election.
"Remember the Brexit. We all thought that would never happen. Remember the U.S. elections," Mark Rutte told reporters in Rotterdam. "So let's not make that mistake again. These elections are crucial. Let us stop the domino effect right this week, this Wednesday. The domino effect of the wrong sort of populism winning in this world."