Geert Wilders

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Geert Wilders

Dutch far-right politician and the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom , the fourth-largest political party in the Netherlands add

Category: Politics

Born in 1963.

Countries: Netherlands (38%), United Kingdom (15%), United States (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Party for Freedom, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox

Linked to: Party for Freedom, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, De Volkskrant, Home Office

 

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Geert Wilders was born in 1963 add something


1996

He was elected to the Utrecht city council in 1996, and later to the House of Representatives add something


1997

In 1997, Wilders was elected for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy to the municipal council of Utrecht, the fourth largest city of the Netherlands add something


2001

The rally, to be held on the ten-year anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks, was organised by Stop Islamization of America, which is supported by a number of conservative US politicians including former House speaker Newt Gingrich and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin add something


2002

However, his appointment in 2002 as a public spokesman for the VVD led Wilders to become more well known for his outspoken criticism of Islamic extremism add something


2003

Ayaan Hirsi Ali - In 2003 Hirsi Ali worked together with fellow VVD MP Geert Wilders for several months


2004

Citing irreconcilable differences over the party's position on the accession of Turkey to the European Union, he left the VVD in 2004 to form his own party, the Party for Freedom add something

 

He was expelled from the VVD parliamentary party, and in September 2004, Wilders left the VVD, having been a member since 1989, to form his own political party, Groep Wilders, later renamed the Party for Freedom add something

 

On 10 November 2004, two suspected attackers were captured after an hour-long siege of a building in The Hague add something

 

Bart Jan Spruyt - When Dutch politician Geert Wilders started a conservative party in 2004, Spruyt supported that move, hoping that it could spur a movement inspired on the basis of American conservatism

 

Party for Freedom - The party's history starts with Geert Wilders' departure from the VVD in September 2004


2005

Party for Freedom - Founded in 2005 as the successor to Geert Wilders' one-man party in the House of Representatives, it won nine seats in the 2006 general election, making it the fifth largest party in parliament

 

Andre Rouvoet - In 2005 Rouvoet's star rose as his party, together with the Pim Fortuyn List, Geert Wilders and the Socialist Party, were the only ones to oppose the European Constitution in the 2005 referendum

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali - On 18 February 2005, she revealed the location of herself and her colleague Geert Wilders, who had been in hiding


2006

Entry was denied under EU law, and reportedly supported under regulation 19 of the Immigration Regulations 2006, an EU law which allows a member state to refuse entry to individuals if they are regarded as constituting a threat to public policy, security or health add something

 

In the 2006 Dutch parliamentary election, their first parliamentary election, the Party for Freedom won 9 out of the 150 open seats add something

 

Wilders published the version of his political manifesto called "Klare Wijn" in March 2006 add something

 

Fleur Agema - In 2006 she was asked by Geert Wilders, the party leader of the newly formed Party for Freedom, to join him on and get the second place on the list of candidates

 

Pim Fortuyn - It won no seats in the 2006 elections, by which time the Party for Freedom, led by Geert Wilders, had emerged as a successor


2007

On 15 August 2007, a representative of the Prosecutors' Office in Amsterdam declared that dozens of reports against Wilders had been filed, and that they were all being considered add something

 

In September 2007, a Dutch woman was sentenced to a one-year prison term for sending more than 100 threatening emails to Wilders add something

 

On 15 December 2007, Wilders was declared "Politician of the Year" by NOS-radio, a mainstream Dutch radio station add something

 

Tofik Dibi - On January 13, 2007 Dibi was arrested and later released while pamphleteering against Dutch MP Geert Wilders with members of the International Socialists

 

Hans Wiegel - On November 22, 2007 Wiegel was announced that he should go to the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in a broad liberal movement together with the Party for Freedom of Geert Wilders, Rita_Verdonk's Proud of the Netherlands and the Democrats 66

 

Party for Freedom - Former trade union leader and prominent Christian Democrat Doekle Terpstra proposed an initiative against Geert Wilders and the PVV on 30 November 2007, in newspaper "Trouw"


2008

Facing Jihad Conference - Wilders was a speaker at the Facing Jihad Conference held in Jerusalem in 2008, which discussed the dangers of jihad, and has called for a hard line against what he called the "street terror" exerted by minorities in Dutch cities add something

 

His controversial 2008 film about his views on Islam, "Fitna", received international attention add something

 

Wilders remained the most threatened politician in the Netherlands in 2008 add something

 

"Fitna" is a 2008 short film written and commissioned by Wilders that explores Koranic-inspired motivations for terrorism, Islamic universalism, and Islam in the Netherlands add something

 

Wilders had visited the United Kingdom in December 2008 without any problem add something

 

LiveLeak - Liveleak was in the spotlight again in March 2008 when it hosted the anti-Qur'an film "Fitna" made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders


2009

In the spring of 2009, Wilders launched the "Facing Jihad World Tour", a series of screenings of "Fitna" to public officials and influential organizations around the globe, starting in Rome add something

 

Regarding his reputation in the Netherlands, Wilders stated in 2009, "Half of Holland loves me and half of Holland hates me add something

 

In January 2009, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ordered Wilders' prosecution for "incitement to hatred and discrimination" add something

 

On 21 January 2009, a three-judge court ordered prosecutors to try him add something

 

After being declared "persona non grata" by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, in February 2009, Wilders appealed the decision to Britain's Asylum and Immigration Tribunal add something

 

Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Baroness Cox, members of the House of Lords , invited Wilders to a 12 February 2009 showing of "Fitna" in the Palace of Westminster add something

 

Wilders was banned from entering the United Kingdom between 12 February 2009 and 13 October 2009 by the Labour government, the Home Office saying his presence would be a "threat to one of the fundamental interests of society" add something

 

Polling conducted throughout March 2009 by Maurice de Hond indicated the Party for Freedom was the most popular parliamentary party add something

 

In September 2009 Wilders proposed to put a tax on Hijab wearing by Muslim women add something

 

On 16 October 2009, Wilders arrived in the United Kingdom and was quickly forced to move his press conference due to protests by about forty members of the organization Islam4UK, an organization that was later shut down under the UK's Terrorism Act 2000 on 14 January 2010 add something

 

In December 2009, Wilders came in second in two polls in the Netherlands for Politician of the Year add something

 

Laurence Stassen - For the European Parliament elections in 2009 Stassen was ranked as the fourth candidate for the PVV. In itself an electable position - the PVV won four seats - but the lower-ranking party leader Geert Wilders was elected by preference votes

 

Oliver Kamm - Kamm has written in "Index on Censorship" in response to the 2009 visit of Geert Wilders argued that "No one has a right in a free society to be protected from anguish"

 

Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox - In February 2009, Cox courted controversy when she and UKIP peer Lord Pearson invited Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders to show the anti-Islam film "Fitna" before the House of Lords

 

Quilliam (think tank) - In February and October 2009, Quilliam publicly confronted the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, arguing that "Geert Wilders is undoubtedly an ill-informed, hate-driven bigot with many unpleasant views but he is not directly inciting violence

 

Islam4UK - On 16 October 2009, members of the organisation protested against the visit to Britain by Dutch MP Geert Wilders


2010

Following the Dutch general election, 2010, in which the PVV were the third biggest party, Wilders said Jordan should be renamed Palestine add something

 

In the formation in 2010 of the current Rutte cabinet, a minority cabinet of VVD and CDA, he actively participated in the negotiations, resulting in a "support agreement" between the PVV and these parties, but withdrew his support in April 2012, citing disagreements with the cabinet on proposed budget cuts add something

 

Wilders plans IFA branches in the United States, Canada, Britain, France and Germany by late 2010 add something

 

In January 2010, Karen Geurtsen, a Dutch journalist from the magazine "HP-De Tijd", revealed a painful breach of security add something

 

In January 2010, Wilders was invited again to show his anti-Quran movie "Fitna" in the British House of Lords by Lord Pearson UK Independence Party , and Baroness Cox cross-bencher add something

 

In February 2010, the trailer of a newly published online satirical video on the website of the Dutch radio station FunX, which targets a young urban audience, spoofed a murder attempt on Wilders add something

 

In March 2010, Wilders was told he is "not welcome" in the western German tourist resort of Monschau in the Eifel area, after he spent a weekend there, along with several armed bodyguards add something

 

On 3 March 2010, elections for the local councils were held in the municipalities of The Netherlands add something

 

On 8 March 2010, Wilders announced that he would take a seat on the Hague city council, after it became clear he won 13,000 preference votes add something

 

The big gains that were scored indicated that the party and Wilders might dominate the political scene in the run-up to the parliamentary elections scheduled on 9 June 2010 add something

 

Roee Nahmias, "Israel News", 20 June 2010 add something

 

In July 2010, Wilders announced the International Freedom Alliance, a network of groups and individuals who "are fighting for freedom against Islam" add something

 

In July 2010, the magazine "Inspire" announced that Wilders, as well as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Kurt Westergaard and Salman Rushdie, were mentioned on a "death list" of an international Islamist terrorist network add something

 

On 6 August 2010, Wilders, who had become a regular guest with American conservatives and libertarians, announced that he would speak at a rally on 11 September in New York to protest the plans for Park51, a Muslim community center with a prayer space to be built near the World Trade Center site add something

 

On 10 August 2010, the website of Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad published the ministry memo add something

 

In late October 2010, the Dutch court approved a request from Geert Wilders to have new judges appointed forcing the court to retry the case add something

 

Wilders was extensively discussed in American diplomatic cables, released by WikiLeaks in December 2010 add something

 

Feiz Mohammad - It became known in September 2010 that in an Internet conference, Mohammad incited Muslim followers in the Netherlands to behead the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, the reason being that those who insult the teachings of Islam must be killed


2011

On 7 February 2011, Wilders returned to the court room in order that his legal team could present evidence from Islamic experts which the court rejected in 2010, including Mohammed Bouyeri, who murdered film-maker Theo van Gogh, and Dutch academic Hans Jansen add something

 

Wilders spoke on Thursday, 12 May 2011, at Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Freedom Coalition inaugural Signature Series event add something

 

In June 2011, a part of Wilder's personal finance was disclosed add something

 

On 23 June 2011, Wilders was acquitted of all charges add something

 

In July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, the man who carried out the 2011 Norway attacks, declared himself to be a great admirer of Geert Wilders and the Party for Freedom add something

 

On 2 October 2011 Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported that a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy Frits Bolkestein, who is sometime called the 'mentor' of Geert Wilders, "does not share his views" add something

 

Marine Le Pen - Interviewed by Radio 1 in June 2011, she said that unlike the leader of the PVV Geert Wilders, she is not waging war against Islam and "is fighting the Islamisation of French society"


2012

On 21 April 2012, Wilders withdrew his support from the Rutte cabinet because of new austerity measures that were about to be taken add something

 

In August 2012 he applied for a visa to give two speeches in October 2012 add something

 

Marcial Hernandez - Hernandez announced on July 3, 2012, in the wake of a press conference by Geert Wilders, that he had just left the PVV due to internal struggles


2013

On the same day, the Q Society put out a press release criticizing the delays in issuing a visa, saying that Chris Bowen's announcement was "too little, too late" and announcing that Wilders' visit would be pushed back to February 2013 as there were still no visa documents available add something

 

They first announced their collaboration during a joint press conference in November 2013, where Wilders vowed that "today is the beginning of the liberation from the European elite, the monster in Brussels" add something

 

Carsten Juste - In 2013, cartoonist St├ęphane "Charb" Charbonnier was added to Al-Qaeda's most wanted list , along with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, Salman_Rushdie Lars Vilks and three "Jyllands-Posten" staff members: Kurt Westergaard, Carsten Juste, and Flemming Rose

 

George Christensen (politician) - In February 2013, Christensen was the only federal MP to attend a rally featuring controversial Dutch politician and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders during his tour of Australia


2014

In the March 2014 local elections, Wilders' Party for Freedom only took part in two municipalities, The Hague and Almere, and suffered minor losses in both add something

 

Lega Nord - Ahead of 2014 European Parliament election, Salvini started to cooperate with Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, and Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom

 

Alternative for Germany - It has been reported that the Dutch politician of the Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders, has attempted to form a eurosceptic alliance ahead of the 2014 European Parliament elections, holding talks with the French National Front, Vlaams Belang, Lega Nord and the Swedish Democrats

 

Joram van Klaveren - The controversial comments on the Moroccan minority in The Netherlands by party leader Geert Wilders after the 2014 council elections played part in his decision

 

Roland van Vliet - On March 20, 2014, van Vliet announced that he left the PVV due to Geert Wilders' statement that there should be fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands

 

Laurence Stassen - On March 21, 2014 she left the PVV after discriminatory remarks by Geert Wilders about Moroccans


2015

On 28 July 2015, Vienna's prosectors' office launched the probe and lodged calls for criminal proceedings against Geert Wilders for allegedly comparing the Quran to Mein Kampf add something

 

After the November 2015 Paris attacks, Wilders in an article on The New York Times, argued for a national referendum in Netherlands to decide about the refugee crisis add something


2016

He will face trial once again in 2016 with the accusation of inciting "discrimination and hatred" against Moroccans living in the Netherlands add something

 

He will face trial once again to start at March 18, 2016 with the accusation of inciting "discrimination and hatred" against Moroccans living in the Netherlands add something

 

On 9 December 2016, he was convicted in a hate speech trial but no penalty was imposed add something


2017

The PVV contested the 2017 general election with Wilders at its helm add something

 

Party for Freedom - 'Dutch voters choose a new government in March 2017 and if the polls are right, the "'right-wing"' Freedom Party of populist leader Geert Wilders is surging ahead of his rivals and is set to win 35 seats'

 

Steve King - King on March 12, 2017 expressed his support for Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch politician known for his anti-Islam views, on Twitter leading up to the election in the country, stating "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny