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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 09/05/2014

European elections: Wilders abandons all scruples

Jewish organisations in the Netherlands have harshly condemned Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), for joining forces with other right-wing populist parties in a European election alliance. He has thus broken the Dutch taboo against pursuing anti-Semitic policies, the organisations claim. The left-liberal daily De Volkskrant also sees an opportunistic reorientation: "The effort was worthwhile. The forming of the alliance has boosted the party's prestige and secured financial advantages and parliamentary privileges. ... But his urge to form a coalition is also a cause of concern for Wilders. The cooperation is increasingly becoming a bone of contention. Some ex-party members have cited its ties to the Front National and the FPÖ as the reason for their leaving the party. They warned of anti-Semitism. And now Wilders, who has always cast himself as pro-Israeli in the past, has drawn criticism from the Jewish association Cidi. ... But the PVV leader has abandoned any scruples about forming ties with anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist parties. This is certainly a turning point."

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