Wilders walked out of talks about a new austerity package. He blames Brussels for their strict financial policies which will make life hard for the Dutch population and first wants to know whether the Dutch public actually supports those EU policies.
Dutch language news articles:
The Netherlands has been a vocal critic of fiscal excess in Greece but is now in breach of EU rules itself, an unexpected casualty of the eurozone’s contractionary policy mix. Critics cite the troubles in Holland – and Belgium – as evidence that the European Central Bank has been too tight, asphyxiating credit for the whole bloc. The M3 money supply contracted over the winter on a month-to-month basis.
Premier Mark Rutte is struggling to put together an austerity package before a deadline this week but he relies on support from populist leader Geert Wilders, who has threatened walk out of talks. His Freedom Party calls for a return to the guilder.
A new book by Geert Wilders aimed at the American market is not due to be officially launched until May 1, but details gleaned from advance and review copies are already doing the rounds.
The book is entitled Marked for Death, Islam’s war against the West and me and according to Wilders’ own website ‘tells the story of Geert Wilders’ fight for the right to speak what he believes: namely that Islam is not just a religion but primarily a dangerous ideology which is a threat to Western freedoms.’
The book will be officially presented at an as-yet secret location in the US, and is regarded by some as Wilders’ calling card to America. The Dutch MP has made no secret of his international ambitions and is keen to launch and International Freedom Alliance, he said last year.